I can't recommend this book. I found the author's pervasive attempts at humor to be lame and annoying for the most part. The book does bring up some interesting observations on human psychology ( our difficulty in predicting our feelings in future hypothetical situations, for example), but I found he belabored the exlanation of many very obvious points, mostly, I think, to allow more opportunities for his cornball humor. It basically drove me crazy and I couldn't finish it.
The first time I listened to this book I didn't like it much, but it was interesting enough to keep listening. Honestly, I didn't think the author was as funny as he seems to think he is. However, the ideas contained in the book about how people think and plan were intriguing enough to me that I listened to the book a second time. I found the author's insights on human psychology both fascinating and useful. Give this book a listen, and if like me you are not that charmed by the author's cute stories, you may still be very interested in his ideas. If you like this book, you should also check out Freakanomics.
Agree it's not self help, it is a 7 hour psychology class - I couldn't finish. After 20 minutes on the concept "does everyone perceive the color yellow the same way?" I had to move on. From what I head the author has some good ideas but is far from concise. For a author narrated book the voice is ok.
One of the most disappointing books I have listened to. Just stumbled onto the title and it sounded interesting, it was downhill from there. Boring, repetitious. Boring, repetitious. Boring, repetitious. Boring, repetitious. Get the point yet?
This book starts off well. The author is the narrator and seems likeable from the start. The first hour is great but then it just seems to devolve into one semi-interesting observation after another with no real practical point of any kind. The author makes it clear from the start that this book does not provide the secret to happiness but I am afraid it does little else. I wanted to like it but just did not. There are too many other great books for you to read out there.
I can't recommend this book. Overall, it wasn't very interesting. A few good points here and there is all. A reader who has NEVER thought about happiness will probably find the book good.
The cornball humor didn't bother me as much as the author's attitude toward the reader. I thought the author assumed a lot about the reader and his assumptions were wrong. He says, "you" this and "you" that, but it didn't apply to me, nor reflected what I thought. I felt he treats his readers like stupid people. There are other better books out there (like Blink, for example). I should have listened to the other reviewers who thought this book was not worth it before I bought it.
Provided great case studies and research in a very interesting format. Definitely changed the way that I think about happiness.
Don't judge a book by it's cover; the cover was interesting, the book stunk. The content is packaged deceptively, and is misleading regarding content.
Don't get me wrong; if you're looking for a gigantic collection of seemingly unrelated psychology studies without conclusion or implication, then this is your book. However, the description of this book and the actual content are extremely different. Frankly, I didn't get anything out of it. I only finished it out of sheer un-human amounts perseverence and grit.
The Narrator/Writer Daniel gilbert has extraordinary way of explaining the various facts and was like some superhit movie that he was able to keep the listener's interest ON untill the end of the book
It was perfect from the start to the finish. Wouldn't change anything