The book was well written and brought up very good points when it comes to happiness.
The author is humorous to articular his points. A very thought provoking book. Worth the time to read it.
Damage of frontal lobe makes one feel relaxed. The side effect is that the patient will live in "permanent present" ... Isn't it similar to the "Mindfulness" teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh? Breathe. Smile. Now.
A notable takeaway is our inability to notice the absence. You consider the positive attributes when making a selection while you only consider the negative one in canceling one. This means you might select and cancel the same resort for your vacation at different time!
When thinking long term, we think of why. But in shorted term we think of how. So if you are getting married in a month you think of it as a commitment. If you are getting married tomorrow you are thinking of logistics. We also try to project our today's feeling towards a past event. We also need to be aware of our inability to predict our behavior once we put the actual experience into context.
Another notable takeaway is the threshold of our psychological immune system. Certain bad events make us cook facts and shift blame to offer us a more positive view. You may feel an intense suffering better than a bad event....Continua
This is not a self-help book. It won't teach us how to find happiness. It won't offer solutions to our problems of frustration. Instead, it tells a depressing truth: we are naturally wired to be unable to imagine the future accurately, and so we cannot hope to say, with any certainty, how happy we will be or what will make us happy.
On further reflection, maybe that's not so bad after all. A natural conclusion is this: Happiness will come to us as surprises - and of course these will be pleasant surprises....Continua
A fascinating book. Happiness is our goal in life, and we put so much effort into it. So why are we so bad at it? Well, this book will show you a whole bunch of shortcomings of your own brain that you didn't even know about. Very interesting cognitive psychology backed up by experimental findings, Gilbert has written a gem....Continua