Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert says our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong - a premise he supports with intriguing research and explains in his brilliant and funny book, Stumbling on Happiness, which Time magazine called "Fascinating." The Washington Post raved, "Gilbert is a professor by trade, but he's every bit as funny as Larry David." Stumbling on Happiness is not a self-help manual, but a deep and delightful explanation of what psychologists, neuroscientists and behavioral economists have discovered about why people are so poor at predicting the sources of their own satisfaction. Gilbert's research on how we mispredict what will make us happy has dramatic implications for business strategy, sales and marketing, and understanding customers.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Daniel Gilbert is a world-renowned authority on how people predict their emotional reactions to future events. He is the author of the national bestseller Stumbling on Happiness, which spent 25 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has being translated into 30 languages, and was awarded the Royal Society's General Prize for best science book of the year. Time magazine called it "Fascinating," the New York Times called it "Brilliant," and Bloomberg News called it "the only truly useful book on psychology I've ever read." Daniel's groundbreaking research on how people make judgments, choices and decisions lies at the intersection of psychology and behavioral economics.
Gilbert is a Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. In addition to being a leading scientist and best-selling author, Gilbert is also an award winning teacher and public speaker. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times, has written for Time and Forbes, has been a guest on The Today Show, Charlie Rose, 20/20, and The Colbert Report, and is the host of the new PBS television series Secrets of Happiness.
Floss daily, save for retirement, and don’t wear plaid pants before or after Labor Day. Most experts tell us what to decide but they don’t tell us how, and so the moment we face a novel decision—should I move to Cleveland or Anchorage? Marry Jennifer or Joanne? Become an architect or a pastry chef?—we’re lost. Is there any way to know how to precisely the right thing at all possible times? In fact, there is a simple method for making decisions that most people find easy to understand and impossible to follow. New research in psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics explains why.
Most of us think we know what would
make us happy and that our only problem is getting it. But research in psychology, economics, and neuroscience shows that people
are not very good at predicting what will make them happy, how happy it will make them, and how long that happiness will last. Is the problem that we can’t really imagine what our futures will hold? Is the problem that society lies to us about the true sources
of human happiness? Yes, and yes again. Professor Gilbert will explain why, when it comes to finding happiness, we can’t always trust our imaginations—or our mothers.