Knowledge Is Power
The entire book has you desperately wanting the author to get to the point, which finally comes in the last few sentences. And that is... There is no formula to finding happiness. Sorry for wasting your time.
Well he doesn't actually apologize.
There was a ton of "ah ha"moments in this book. I plan to listen several more times. I bought the hard back so I could note those great spots that were especially insightful.
Dan Gilbert uses a plethora of corny stories and anecdotes to give a broad sweeping overview of modern psychology, especially around individual decision-making in self-delusion. Not so much on happiness.
I got this audio book because I heard Daniel Gilbert on a TED talk. He was very interesting and the TED talk was funny and informative. The book is informative and I could tell Daniel was trying to be funny many times in the book to keep it entertaining. Unfortunately it was nothing like the TED talk. He was trying to be funny but every time he tried the punch word at the end of his line it fell flat for me. I know the book was not marketed as a comedy but it felt like I was listening to a bad comedian. I would not say to Daniel to give up on the humor. It may just need a little adjustment.
The book was like taking a Behavioral Class. Not recommended.
Hard to follow.
There were no scenes.
Well written and narrated. I loved that this book delivers the how any why behind what makes us happy. I also enjoyed that Daniel Gilbert is an expert in his field, you can even view him on Netflix's This Emotional Life which goes along great with the book.
I was impressed that he wrote and narrated the book. He does a good job and have a very relaxing voice.
If you are interested in understanding or increasing your happiness I highly recommend this book!