Most of us spend our lives steering ourselves toward the best of all possible futures, only to find that tomorrow rarely turns out as we had expected. Why? As Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert explains, when people try to imagine what the future will hold, they make some basic and consistent mistakes. Just as memory plays tricks on us when we try to look backward in time, so does imagination play tricks when we try to look forward.
Using cutting-edge research, much of it original, Gilbert shakes, cajoles, persuades, tricks, and jokes us into accepting the fact that happiness is not really what or where we thought it was. Among the unexpected questions he poses: Why are conjoined twins no less happy than the general population? When you go out to eat, is it better to order your favorite dish every time, or to try something new? If Ingrid Bergman hadn't gotten on the plane at the end of Casablanca, would she and Bogey have been better off?
©2006 Daniel Gilbert; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"An absolutely fantastic book that will shatter your most deeply held convictions about how your own mind works. Ceaselessly entertaining." (Steven D. Levitt, author of Freakonomics)
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!
Say something about yourself!
Science of happiness! After listening, you will love the book or at least know that the reason you didn't is not due to the book's qualities, but due to your own imperfections, and that these imperfections are to your own advantage. This last part wasn't clear? Well, read the book, you'll understand. And the author does a great job entertaining you while telling you about his science!
I would listen to the book again because the information has been instrumental in helping me to understand my own flawed thinking and decisions.
It has helped me to give more credence to the experiences of my friends. I am much more open about accepting the advice/experiences of similar minded people who are going through many of the same scenarios.
the narration was hilarious. Its very well written. But it's TOO scientific for most people. There are hundreds of studies sourced and it just gets soo cumbersome that it falls more in the "interesting" category than "useful" category.
The writing was very funny, and keeps your mind engaged. Props there!
Amazing book with lots of great insights into the human condition. Gilbert's narration makes the material come alive. Highly recommend to anyone who loves the work of Malcolm Gladwell.
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