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Stumbling on Happiness Audiobook

Stumbling on Happiness

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Publisher's Summary

A smart and funny book by a prominent Harvard psychologist, which uses groundbreaking research and (often hilarious) anecdotes to show us why we're so lousy at predicting what will make us happy, and what we can do about it.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Benjmin 03-26-15
    Benjmin 03-26-15 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best books I have read on happiness"

    This is one of the best books I have read on perception, time, deliberation and happiness. And I like the writing style.

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    joseph 03-25-15
    joseph 03-25-15
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    "Interesting but trying to hard to be funny."

    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.

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    AnnaLynne Mummert hagerstown me 02-11-14
    AnnaLynne Mummert hagerstown me 02-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not what I expected. Not very helpful."
    What disappointed you about Stumbling on Happiness?

    The book was like taking a Behavioral Class. Not recommended.


    What was most disappointing about Daniel Gilbert’s story?

    Hard to follow.


    What didn’t you like about Daniel Gilbert’s performance?

    Boring.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Stumbling on Happiness?

    There were no scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Very boring,

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    Jenny United States 04-18-13
    Jenny United States 04-18-13
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    "Everything I wanted and more"
    What did you love best about Stumbling on Happiness?

    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.


    What about Daniel Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    I was impressed that he wrote and narrated the book. He does a good job and have a very relaxing voice.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in understanding or increasing your happiness I highly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrey Ryabinin Portland, OR United States 03-26-13
    Andrey Ryabinin Portland, OR United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Entertaining psychology"

    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!

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    VerdereC Palo Alto, CA 02-22-13
    VerdereC Palo Alto, CA 02-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Enlightening"
    Would you listen to Stumbling on Happiness again? Why?

    I would listen to the book again because the information has been instrumental in helping me to understand my own flawed thinking and decisions.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Stumbling on Happiness?

    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.


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    Ravi phoenix 02-14-13
    Ravi phoenix 02-14-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book, but not very applicable to real life"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What about Daniel Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    The writing was very funny, and keeps your mind engaged. Props there!


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    A 01-02-13
    A 01-02-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Fantastic"

    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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    Nathaniel Hampstead, QC, Canada 12-26-12
    Nathaniel Hampstead, QC, Canada 12-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    "The big problem with this book..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stumbling on Happiness to be better than the print version?

    The book is brilliantly written and excellently delivered by the author. I don't think you can call the author's rendering 'a performance', you can hear him think as he reads to you.So what is the big problem with this book? Well, my problem was withdrawal! I had a very hard time listening to another audiobook after this one. It took me a couple of weeks before I could get the audible app fired up without shutting it down after 30s... Prof Gilbert, kudos for a brilliantly written and fabulously well read book!


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    JENNA Berlin, Germany 07-17-12
    JENNA Berlin, Germany 07-17-12
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    "Happily Stumbled on Stumbling on Happiness"
    Would you listen to Stumbling on Happiness again? Why?

    Yes, because it is entertaining and informative, can be listened to in a day or two, and brings life back into perspective. Daniel Gilbert narrates wonderfully, and had my attention the whole way through.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stumbling on Happiness?

    I found it interesting that people fill in the blind spot of their imagination by collecting information that works in their favour, such as looking at advertisements for the expensive car they've bought and telling themselves that they are learning the facts when really they're looking at one-sided information showing advantages only. Or how people ask questions in such a way as to get a positive reply.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Gilbert – was your favorite?

    Daniel Gilbert


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Egos exposed: the nitty gritty of what makes us happy.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I'll recommend to my friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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