Science

TED BookClub: Stumbling on Happiness

Posted by: Chris Anderson

Happiness_coverStumbling on Happiness
By Dan Gilbert
Published by Knopf
304 pages | List price: $24.95

Harvard professor Dan Gilbert gave a stunning talk at TED2004, outlining research that showed how terrible we are at understanding our own emotional responses to countless everyday situations and choices. He’s now fleshed this out into one of the most brilliant pieces of science writing I’ve ever come across. Stumbling on Happiness isn’t just profound. It’s also unbelievably readable and, well, funny. It’s truly not fair that someone as smart as Dan also gets to write like a god, but ’tis true. I really urge you to give the book a try. It will change the way you think about yourself.