#40 - Book of the Month: Stumbling on Happiness (Jun '19)

In this episode of the, It’s Not What It Seems podcast, my brother Darron and I discuss June 2019’s book of the month, Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert.

Here’s a little more about Daniel Gilbert:

Daniel Gilbert is Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and has won numerous awards for his teaching and research, including the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology. His research has been covered by The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Money, CNN, U.S. News & World Report, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Men’s Health, and many others.

Here’s a little more about Stumbling on Happiness:

Bringing to life scientific research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and behavioral economics, this bestselling book reveals what scientists have discovered about the uniquely human ability to imagine the future, and about our capacity to predict how much we will like it when we get there. 

In this brilliant, witty, and accessible book, renowned Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions. With penetrating insight and sparkling prose, Gilbert explains why we seem to know so little about the hearts and minds of the people we are about to become.

With all that being said, Darron and I do our best to synthesize some of the key themes and share our own experiences. Happiness is surely an interesting topic and something I think we’re all striving for. Maybe this chat will provide a little clarity.

Here’s more on the Book Club for 2019: http://douglasvigliotti.com/blog/bookclub

Here’s the July 2019 Book of the Month - Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein: http://bit.ly/rangebook

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