Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Book: Stumbling on Happiness

I just finished the audiobook version of Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert. It scores 4/5 stars from 88 Amazon reviewers. The audiobook is read by the author. Here's an accurate synopsis from the Amazon page:
Do you know what makes you happy? Daniel Gilbert would bet that you think you do, but you are most likely wrong. In his witty and engaging new book, Harvard professor Gilbert reveals his take on how our minds work, and how the limitations of our imaginations may be getting in the way of our ability to know what happiness is.

After the first 30 minutes of the first CD, I was thinking that I was not going to like the book. I was wrong. By the 2nd or 3rd CD, I was hooked. It's interesting, and he describes quite a lot of studies performed (experiments) on people to test their happiness or satisfaction and whatnot. So if you have a lot of spare time (the audiobook was 7.5 hours on 6 CDs) then you too might enjoy this. If you'd like to sample the author and this book, then you might simply watch his 18 minute presentation at the TED Conference in September 2006 (scroll down for his entry).

Speaking of the TED Conference, I strongly recommend the video posted recently of Michael Shermer, founder and publisher of Skeptic magazine.

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