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Stumbling on Happiness

Daniel Gilbert

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 favourite 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? Smart, witty, accessible and laugh-out-loud funny, Stumbling on Happiness brilliantly describes all that science has to tell us about the uniquely human ability to envision the future, and how likely we are to enjoy it when we get there. From the Hardcover edition.

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 favourite 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? Smart, witty, accessible and laugh-out-loud funny, Stumbling on Happiness brilliantly describes all that science has to tell us about the uniquely human ability to envision the future, and how likely we are to enjoy it when we get there. From the Hardcover edition.
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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 favourite 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? Smart, witty, accessible and laugh-out-loud funny, Stumbling on Happiness brilliantly describes all that science has to tell us about the uniquely human ability to envision the future, and how likely we are to enjoy it when we get there. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 30m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:18


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:51


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:28


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:27


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:53


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:35


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:03


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:28


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:21


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:16


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:10


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:20


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:57


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:46


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:08


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:43


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:31


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:55


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:32


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:09


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:37


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:59


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:54


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:04


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:48


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:21


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:19


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

00:46


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:03


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:40


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:28


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

01:07


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:36


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:14


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:32


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:10


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:29


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:10


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

01:09


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

01:47


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:12


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:45


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

02:16


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:34


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:48


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:42


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:57


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

01:19


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

01:47


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

01:50


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:22


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:05


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:42


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

02:45


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

02:47


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:25


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

02:15


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:13


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

01:57


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

02:07


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

02:38


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:05


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:25


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:27


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:31


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:22


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:27


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:48


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:58


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

02:48


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

01:56


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:59


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

02:18


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:41


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

01:59


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:32


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:41


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:58


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:20


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:34


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

02:31


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:48


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

02:26


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

01:35


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:57


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

01:57


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:50


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

02:57


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:25


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

01:40


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:03


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:39


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

02:21


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:02


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:06


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:43


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

02:15


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

02:59


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:57


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

02:53


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:30


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:50


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:20


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:01


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:16


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

02:26


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

01:10


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:06


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:34


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:54


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:56


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:41


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:52


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:10


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

01:50


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:03


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:30


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

02:01


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

01:49


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:08


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:41