- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Canada; 1 edition (March 20 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0676978584
- ISBN-13: 978-0676978582
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A delight to read…. If you have even the slightest curiosity about the human condition, you ought to read it. Trust me.”
–Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink
“Underneath the goofball brilliance, Gilbert has a serious argument to make about why human beings are forever wrongly predicting what will make them happy.”
–The New York Times Book Review
“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
About the Author
Daniel Gilbert is the Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He has won numerous awards for his teaching and research, and his scientific research has been covered by The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Money, CNN, U.S. News & World Report, The New Yorker, Scientific American, Science, O: The Oprah Magazine, Psychology Today and others. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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This book is not to make you happy, even though it does make you laugh, or to give you any insight on how to fix your problems. There are some guidelines and some understanding background as to why we feel the way we do, however; there is no step by step instruction as to what to do or how to overcome sadness.
Stumbling on happiness is written in such a humorous way that you will find yourself laughing out loud over many passages. I believe that the Author knew that his detailed explanation on cognitive psychology or getting into detail on the functionality of neuroscience might actually bore some readers, so he definitely managed to cover it up with some catchy sentences and laughable statements.
Anyone with a psychology background may find this book easy to read and might not get as excited as someone with any knowledge in the field.
The fundamental definition of what is happiness and what it means when someone says, that they are happy, was my favorite part of the book. Gilbert compares the happiness of someone that is disabled with someone that is in full health. This subjective comparison was very informative and made you think deeper towards how you would believe that someone that has less advantage from you would presumably be less happy!
Stumbling on happiness is a recommended book for me. If you want to read and learn something new while having fun, then this is the book for you!
Written by Jeyran Main
I really liked the book. And even after reading the warning in the foreword about not being about achieving happiness, I'm a little bit disappointed.
At some point the author gives an example on how we like more a so-so movie that has a great ending than a great movie that has a so-so ending.
Throughout the book the explanations about how humans perceive and estimate past, present and future happiness are excellent and funny.
The book is about decision making and how memories of past feelings, present feelings and the prediction of future feelings will affect our decisions. There really good examples on why these processes are biased and rely sometimes on faulty shortcuts.
By the end, I felt that this is a great work on a topic that still needs a lot of research. I kind of wanted a definite ending... I know, unjustly... But hey, I'm human after all...
I read this book and have a better understanding of myself and about the world - and, again, I can only say that about a handful of books I've ever read. I congratulate the author, and hope for more books from him in the future.
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