Stumbling on Happiness

Stumbling on Happiness Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
My review
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As read by the author on CD. Daniel Gilbert presents some fascinating and powerful viewpoints on how our brain works, and why it always seems to be making the wrong decisions for us. The main gist is that it doesn’t have the capacity to remember precisely every single memory, so it fakes us out by filling in the gaps without us knowing. As such, it also fills in the gaps when predicting the future, and thus leads us down paths we shouldn’t take if we’re looking to be truly happy. Indeed, he claims that the best decisions would be made by using others as test cases, which would be troubling to those who claim to be unique in this world (you’re not). Fascinating stuff, backed up by numerous studies and real world examples.