Stumbling on Happiness

Stumbling on Happiness

Book - 2007
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Why are lovers quicker to forgive their partners for infidelity than for leaving dirty dishes in the sink? Why do patients remember long medical procedures as less painful than short ones? Why do home sellers demand prices they wouldn't dream of paying if they were home buyers? Why does the line at the grocery store always slow down when we join it? In this book, Harvard psychologist Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions. Using the latest research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and behavioral economics, Gilbert reveals what we have discovered about the uniquely human ability to imagine the future, our capacity to predict how much we will like it when we get there, and why we seem to know so little about the hearts and minds of the people we are about to become.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2007
Edition: First Vintage books edition
ISBN: 9781400077427
Branch Call Number: 158 G3728S 2007
Characteristics: xvii, 310 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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Aug 29, 2020

The writing style is just not for me. Too many casual comments and “you guessed it” type remarks that get old very quickly. I tried, but barely made it through the first 50 pages of the book.

Aug 21, 2018

This was sitting in my doctor's office, and he recommended it. Admission: I thought it was titled "Stumbling into Happiness" or "Stumbling upon Happiness"...or something to lead you to happiness (who wouldn't want to read a book about that?)...oops, not the case. But still interesting as Gilbert mostly explains how the brain works to--in many cases--prevent you from recognizing the things that will make you "happy"--both now and in the future. Fascinating, and humorous throughout.

SPPL_János Mar 19, 2018

Harvard psychology professor Gilbert distills a mass of research to investigate in layman's terms why we are so bad at predicting what will make us happy. Although billed as the "Freakonomics" of psychology, this book is somewhat denser and takes a while to build to its most revelatory points.

Jan 28, 2015

Not really about happiness, this book looks at how our brains work that contribute to us mis-remembering our experiences and mis-calculating our satisfactions or pain in past or future events. Well researched and interesting but somehow the author's writing style put me off. Worth reading.

Jul 03, 2014

Stumbling on Happiness --- by --- Daniel Gilbert. In spite of great reviews on the book cover; despite all the library posts that have received this book enthusiastically; despite Gilbert’s standing as a psychological researcher; despite an intriguing title; despite all of these things: on my personal library shelf this book is a flop. This book didn’t even stand the “50 pages test”. For me it was all wrong: the writing style, the content, the whole ball of wax. I found myself skimming different parts of the book which I thought ought to be interesting. Nothing. But it could all be just me.

Feb 09, 2013

Daniel Gilbert
Mentioned in thinking fast and allow

Dec 30, 2012

Excellent read, won't tell you how to be happy exactly (it's not a "self-help" book, but more it will tell you why you make the choices you do and why you end up feeling the way you do about them after. Revealing in the best possible way.

Nov 15, 2012

It’s amazing that after several decades of psychology research ‘actually about a century- we have just recently been told such impressive and at the same time prosaic truth as Daniel Gilbert describes. His book would’ve been described as pure wisdom in other much older times. Nowadays, it qualifies for a shipping discount in if the discount motivates you to buy more stuff. What if you just borrow it? But you may want it anyways.
These are times when plenty of writers aim at disputing conventional wisdom. This book is serious about it and will show you how we lie to ourselves in many several ways that makes us happy in the very present but quite often lead us into future unhappiness, what else to expect from deception? (even if it’s self-deception)

Mar 13, 2012

I devoured this book like a best-selling novel. Couldn't put it down. A Harvard psychologist supports all of his statements with ample research and with lots of intelligent humour thrown in. For anyone who wonders why people make the choices we do, the answers are all in this brilliant book!

Feb 21, 2011

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SPPL_János Mar 22, 2018

"My friends tell me that I have a tendency to point out problems without offering solutions, but they never tell me what I should do about it."


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