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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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    Tina 08-11-15
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    "Enlightening book!!"

    Daniel's humor and scientific approach are great combined, making this book an good experience and a key life lesson.

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    Luke Murray 08-03-15
    Luke Murray 08-03-15 Member Since 2016

    Family Medicine Physician Entrepreneur Audiobookaphile Want to be an international do-gooder and improve the doctor-making process.

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    "He is a clever and hilarious and brilliant writer"

    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.

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    Deborah 07-28-15
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    "Engaging. Fresh. Research creatively delivered with humour."

    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.

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    BigCityTap 07-23-15
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    Very fun to listen to. I'm going to go over it again. Highly recommended! It's more descriptive than prescriptive yet useful.

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    Wolfram Pittsburgh, Panama 07-18-15
    Wolfram Pittsburgh, Panama 07-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Dry but worth reading"

    Honest assessment of human's shortcomings of imagination. He tells us how to overcome them but that we probably will not.

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    Daniel 06-01-15
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    "Excellent insights"

    Gilbert does an outstanding job of simplifying the brain's complicated process of evaluating happiness. Additionally, he offers actionable how-to advice.

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    FoxFire New York 04-27-15
    FoxFire New York 04-27-15 Listener Since 2001

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    "Long winded & not particularly helpful"

    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.

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    Anon 04-26-15
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    "The sense of humor kept me engaged!"
    Would you listen to Stumbling on Happiness again? Why?

    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.
















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    TJ 04-10-15
    TJ 04-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Primo primer on psychology!"

    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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    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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