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Daniel Todd Gilbert

Stumbling on Happiness

by Daniel Todd Gilbert

Stumbling on Happiness

Daniel Todd Gilbert

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Stumbling on Happiness examines the capacity of our brains to fill in the gaps and simulate experiences, showing how our lack of awareness sometimes leads us to make the wrong decisions, and how we can change our behavior to synthesize our own happiness.

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Stumbling on Happiness

by Daniel Todd Gilbert

Stumbling on Happiness

Daniel Todd Gilbert

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Daniel Gilbert is a Harvard psychology professor who you may have heard of from his viral TED Talk. He explains the science of happiness, based on our brain's ability to simulate the future.

His 2006 New York Times bestseller, Stumbling on Happiness, provides scenarios in which simulations lead us to make the wrong decisions and false assumptions about ourselves. The book encourages us to develop our self-awareness so we can avoid being fooled by our own brain in the future, and finally be happy.

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"The secret of happiness is variety, but the secret of variety, like the secret of all spices, is knowing when to use it."

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