Stumbling on Happiness

Stumbling on Happiness

by Daniel Gilbert
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Stumbling on Happiness 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
davidk01 More than 1 year ago
It is an interesting read if you have never read anything else on positive psychology but if you're familiar with some aspects of happiness research then there is very little that is new in this book. The book takes a tour through a number of "happiness fallacies" but there is very little action oriented advice about combating these fallacies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't buy or read this book. I got it as a gift and I regret wasting my time reading it. The author uses too many over simplified examples and analogies to explain complicated concepts. He 'dumbs-it-down' so much that he never actually gets around to explaining what the points of his arguments are. I had to look at the cover of this book and check the title several times ('Stumbling on Happiness') to figure out what the subject of this book was. This book was also a choppy read with many small breaks within chapters that created discontinuity from one sub-chapter to another. Don't allow this author's resume (or the word 'Happiness' in the title) to mislead you. (Alot of 'misleading' is what goes on in this book.) This is a poorly written self-help book after-all because you have only yourself to figure out what the author is trying to say. At the end, nothing he proposes is that enlightening either....
suebNY More than 1 year ago
I came upon this book as a result of catching Dr. Gilbert's series on PBS called "This Emotional Life". I found the book to be full of a great amount of information regarding emotions, and the presentation had me laughing out loud at almost every page. I do have to say that my favorite quote from the book is, "My friends tell me that I have a tendency to point out problems without offering solutions, but they never tell me what I should do about it." (page 245). I found this to be true of a lot of the book, however things are wrapped up at the end with some common sense recommendations for happiness. This book is highly entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have met Dan Gilbert and he is as funny and interesting as his book. He really has come from an untraditional background and has made it all the way to Harvard. His book combines humor with scientific facts and research and really is a great read!! If you ever have the opportunity to see Dan Gilbert speak in person, GO!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Imagine a standup comic with an encyclopaedic knowledge of psychological research, and you'll have an idea what it is like to read this book. I enjoyed it and recommend it, but I also recommend that you maintain a skeptical attitude while reading. The text is a stew of insightful observations, quirky research results, and fallacious reasoning, so keep your wits about you as you enjoy. Beware the poor description of the law of large numbers on page 68.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The writing is so smooth and funny and enjoyable it almost does the subject matter a dis-service. One of the better books I've read in quite some time. It definately goes into the re-read pile. Pick it up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was amazed as I read this book at how easily we succumb to our memory's inaccurate remembrances. I was amazed that is until I went back and read a journal I had written while on a particularly disappointing vacation. My memory of that vacation was so much more positive 'I was even considering repeating the trip' than I felt as I was experiencing the vacation. Precisely the effect that Dan Gilbert says we should expect, but we simply don't believe it. Well believe it. He's right and he's got a lot to teach us about the way in which we keep tricking ourselves into making the wrong choices about what will make us happy. A definite keeper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing.
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This is an engaging, well written, well documented book about "happiness" and why it eludes so regularly. Don't read it fast. 3-4 pages a day, savored and contemplated is worth it. Speed readers will likely not get much from this text.
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This book gives some insight into the psychological reasons that happiness can sometimes be elusive. It is a little technical in places but the author has a good sense of humor that keeps the material from being too dry.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
secondwind More than 1 year ago
Very informative and interesting.
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