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)
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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.
True Edu-tainment. Author excellently & creatively shares his credible research in a relevant, and inspiring yet engaging and authentic, conversational tone that kept me eager to 'stay tuned' for more.
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.
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