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Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert (2006-05-02) Hardcover – January 1, 1793
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1.Humans can think about the future
2.memories of the past are not accurate
3.because of biases our predictions of the future are flawed
4.we are so lucky to have the ability to imagine. BUT
5.Our brain makes predictions.. And when our own experiences don't MATCH we feel surprised
And so on..
Don't expect too much from your brain or this book
Stumbling on Happiness is a fun stroll through brain studies throughout history. Over and over again, Gilbert introduces another study that shows you the silliness of your brain. By the end of the book, you will wonder how we have accomplished so much as humans.
This is fun read. It is not a deep book but a great light-hearted look at the silly side of our humanness.
Another big plus was the author's writing style. Clever phrasing, intriguing analogies, memorable one-liners. In short, worthwhile information and amusement!
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If you find value in psychology, linguistics and philosophy (better yet all three) there's a very good chance you'll love this book as much as I do.
Might be useful to dip into, but to read from cover to cover I think it's just too dense and intent on establishing its own importance.
The book teaches us that we have a very poor idea of how to achieve happiness. Among other things we don’t account that our thinking and feelings change over time, that our psychological immune systems kick in to make bad things feel better and that we don’t realise how much our own mind hides from us when constructing our imagination.
The author's solution is to tell us to trust the feelings of others currently in the position that we would like to be in the future. The solution is simple and short but leaves you wanting more. If that’s your feeling too then I highly recommend reading ‘Happy’ by Derren Brown after this book or for something shorter and less academic than ‘Happy’ you could go for Mark Manson's ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***' (Amazon won't let me type out the books name probably).