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.
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.
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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.
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 amazon.com 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)
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!
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Highly recommended at a conference I recently attended.
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