Interesting studies are quoted in early chapters. Then it gets a bit repetitive. I also found the sociological approach to lack the psychological understanding of why some people report feeling a certain way. In other words, they trusted all answers subjects gave at all times. However,, the narration was excellent!
Daniel Gilbert did an amazing job analyzing happiness in regards to our past, present, and future. It's not a "how to" book but it definitely provides great insight on happiness and how it shapes our lives, our views, and much more. Definitely worth listening to. I highly recommend this book!
His analogies and personal opinions caused disinterest at times, especially when what I visualized in his scenarios were "not what [I] imagine", based on a wide generalization of Americans, apparently; I more often than not had responses to situations that I suddenly felt I "shouldn't", for they argue with his conclusions. However, the case studies and theories proposed are fascinating, and lead to logical ideals of life improvement (or, at least, reflection). Over all, it was well written/read and is a book for great conversations!
Side-note: Glad I'm not the only one who feels that way about Schindler's List!
Not what I expected . Good for students of counseling. Not entertaining. Poignant parts, but I use audio books to distract from a bad commute- this didn't.
Have you ever been around someone that thinks he's hilarious but really he's not? The unfunny jokes never stop in this book. That along with annoying writing style made this book painful to finish. After hours of blathering the "punchline" is quite disappointing.
Really really fun to read. I laughed out loud several times. He was able to weave both deep psychological insight and poop jokes together in a way that was appropriate (depending on your level of political correctness), entertaining, and educational. I plan on reading any and all of the rest of his popular literature works.