Surprising and eye-opening, this book explores why we’re not as rational as we think. It offers a new way of thinking about happiness, love, and fairness that has profound implications for every aspect of our lives. Here Daniel Gilbert explains how human beings think about their futures in consistently strange ways–and often misguided.
We make all kinds of irrational choices every day. We ignore cost and logic in favor of elaborate rituals, superstitions, and lucky charms. We choose to believe in things that are not true or real, from products that will keep us healthy to relationships that will last forever. And we spend hours worrying about things that never happen: doomsday scenarios like nuclear war, asteroid impacts, and climate change–even though the most likely disasters only affect us.
In this groundbreaking book, distinguished Harvard University psychologist Daniel Gilbert reveals the secrets of happiness, showing us how our minds can be our worst enemies. We don’t see what we want to see or believe what we want to think. Our memories are faulty; we ignore both the bad and the good in life because it’s easier to forget than endure; we make decisions based on erroneous information, distortions, and illusions; and we exaggerate both our misery at being dumped by a lover or fired from a job–and our delight when another person returns our calls or finds another position for us.
All of which makes life more complicated than it needs to be. But not all is lost: There are simple tools that can help us improve every aspect of our lives- from romance to careers, weight loss to wealth building- and make ourselves happier than ever before!
Stumbling on Happiness is a groundbreaking book showing how happiness eludes us and how we can find it despite our best efforts. In this unique and captivating exploration of what makes us happy–or unhappy, Daniel Gilbert offers an entertaining and informative look at why we often fail to grasp the secrets of life’s greatest mystery: joy.
About Stumbling on Happiness Book
• Why are lovers quicker to forgive their partners for infidelity than for leaving dirty dishes in the sink?
• Why will sight people pay more to avoid going blind than blind people will pay to regain their sight?
• Why do dining companions insist on ordering different meals instead of getting what they want?
• Why do pigeons seem to have a such excellent aim; why can’t we remember one song while listening to another, and why does the line at the grocery store always slow down the moment we join it?
In this brilliant, witty, and accessible book, renowned Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions. Vividly bringing to life the latest scientific research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and behavioral economics, Gilbert reveals what scientists have discovered about the uniquely human ability to imagine the future and our capacity to predict how much we will like it when we get there. With penetrating insight and sparkling prose, Gilbert explains why we seem to know so little about the hearts and minds of the people we are about to become.