Stumbling on Happiness

Stumbling on Happiness

Book - 2006
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Bringing to life scientific research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and behavioral economics, this bestselling book reveals what scientists have discovered about the uniquely human ability to imagine the future, and about our capacity to predict how much we will like it when we get there. 

* Why are lovers quicker to forgive their partners for infidelity than for leaving dirty dishes in the sink?

* Why will sighted people pay more to avoid going blind than blind people will pay to regain their sight?

* Why do dining companions insist on ordering different meals instead of getting what they really want?

* Why do pigeons seem to have such excellent aim; why can't we remember one song while listening to another; and why does the line at the grocery store always slow down the moment we join it?

In this brilliant, witty, and accessible book, renowned Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions. With penetrating insight and sparkling prose, Gilbert explains why we seem to know so little about the hearts and minds of the people we are about to become.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400077427
1400077427
9781400042661
1400042666
Branch Call Number: 158
Characteristics: xvii, 277 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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stewstealth
Jan 28, 2015

Not really about happiness, this book looks at how our brains work that contribute to us mis-remembering our experiences and mis-calculating our satisfactions or pain in past or future events. Well researched and interesting but somehow the author's writing style put me off. Worth reading.

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zipread
Jul 03, 2014

Stumbling on Happiness --- by --- Daniel Gilbert. In spite of great reviews on the book cover; despite all the library posts that have received this book enthusiastically; despite Gilbert’s standing as a psychological researcher; despite an intriguing title; despite all of these things: on my personal library shelf this book is a flop. This book didn’t even stand the “50 pages test”. For me it was all wrong: the writing style, the content, the whole ball of wax. I found myself skimming different parts of the book which I thought ought to be interesting. Nothing. But it could all be just me.

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jrp47
Feb 09, 2013

Daniel Gilbert
Mentioned in thinking fast and allow

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ceedeegee57
Dec 30, 2012

Excellent read, won't tell you how to be happy exactly (it's not a "self-help" book, but more it will tell you why you make the choices you do and why you end up feeling the way you do about them after. Revealing in the best possible way.

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Avantel
Nov 15, 2012

It’s amazing that after several decades of psychology research ‘actually about a century- we have just recently been told such impressive and at the same time prosaic truth as Daniel Gilbert describes. His book would’ve been described as pure wisdom in other much older times. Nowadays, it qualifies for a shipping discount in amazon.com if the discount motivates you to buy more stuff. What if you just borrow it? But you may want it anyways.
These are times when plenty of writers aim at disputing conventional wisdom. This book is serious about it and will show you how we lie to ourselves in many several ways that makes us happy in the very present but quite often lead us into future unhappiness, what else to expect from deception? (even if it’s self-deception)

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bonananda
Mar 13, 2012

I devoured this book like a best-selling novel. Couldn't put it down. A Harvard psychologist supports all of his statements with ample research and with lots of intelligent humour thrown in. For anyone who wonders why people make the choices we do, the answers are all in this brilliant book!

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dknipp
Feb 21, 2011

Available on Kindle

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jvr
May 20, 2008

Highly recommended at a conference I recently attended.

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