Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert (2006)

3807F6F3-A70C-467C-8E20-A7914C7AC3B0Using science and psychology, this book examines the workings of the brain and the ways in which we think as it relates to happiness. Although this is not a self-help book, the author claims it may still help readers understand why self-help books on happiness may not have helped them in the past. Understanding how and why we think the way we do is the focus of this interesting book.

This book is divided into six sections. Part 1 includes information about how the future and our desire to control it has a bearing on on our happiness. Part 2 describes the subjectivity of happiness and whether it can be measured. Part 3 examines the accuracy of our predictions concerning our own future happiness. Part 4 discusses the way in which our present outlook affects our future happiness. Part 5 explores the ways in which we anticipate and react to different experiences, and how that affects our overall happiness. And, in Part 6, the author offers his suggestion on how to successfully combat errors when planning for a happy future.

The author’s writing style is easy to understand and very entertaining. At the same time, this is a fascinating and very informative read. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in psychology. In addition, anyone who seeks to learn why they struggle with feeling satisfied and happy with their lives may also appreciate this book.

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