Friday, May 16, 2014

Stumbling on Happiness

Can you predict what is going to make you happy?  Turns out humans are kind of terrible at that.  Daniel Gilbert's book is the non-fiction equivalent to Coelho's The Alchemist.

Using examples from psychology research Gilbert details why it seems we always pick the slowest line at the grocery store or how come that chocolate chip cookie never quite tastes as good as we imagined it would.

My favorite quote from the book, about determining our future with foresight...

Foresight is fragile talent that often leaves us squinting, straining to see what it would be like to have this, go there, or do that.  There's no simple formula for finding happiness.  If our great big brains don't allow us to go surefootedly into our futures, they at least allow us to understand what makes us stumble.

I've really been liking hanging out in the non-fiction section of the library.  Who know what I might find next to pick up!

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