Stumbling on Happiness

Stumbling on Happiness

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By (author) Daniel Gilbert

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 203mm x 20mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 20 March 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1400077427
  • ISBN 13: 9781400077427
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 11,774

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- Why are lovers quicker to forgive their partners for infidelity than for leaving dirty dishes in the sink?- Why will sighted 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 really want? - Why do pigeons seem to have 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 about 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.

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Daniel Gilbert is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Director of the Social Cognition and Emotion Lab. He is generally considered the world's foremost authority in the fields of affective forecasting and the fundamental attribution error. He has published numerous scientific articles and chapters, several short works of fiction, and is the editor of "The Handbook of Social Psychology." He has been awarded the Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology by the American Psychological Association, fellowships from both the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Philosophical Society, and has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Research in the Behavioral Sciences. In 2002, "Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin " listed Gilbert as one of the fifty most influential social psychologists of the decade, and in 2003 one of his research papers was chosen by the editors of "P sychological Inquiry" as one of four "modern classics" in social psychology.

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"Stumbling on Happiness is an absolutely fantastic book that will shatter your most deeply held convictions about how your own mind works. Ceaselessly entertaining, Gilbert is the perfect guide to some of the most interesting psychological research ever performed. Think you know what makes you happy? You won't know for sure until you have read this book." -Steven D. Levitt, author of Freakonomics "Everyone will enjoy reading this book, and some of us will wish we could have written it. You will rarely have a chance to learn so much about so important a topic while having so much fun." -Professor Daniel Kahneman, Princeton University, Winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics "This is a brilliant book, a useful book, and a book that could quite possibly change the way you look at just about everything. And as a bonus, Gilbert writes like a cross between Malcolm Gladwell and David Sedaris." -Seth Godin, author All Marketers Are Liars "From the Hardcover edition."