Think you’re happy?

stumblingonhappinessThink you know what will make you happy? Maybe you need to think again?

Havard Pyschology Professor, Daniel Gilbert, in his book, Stumbling on Happiness, posits that we are actually extraordinarily bad at predicting what will make us happy.

The cool thing is that the Kaplan University Book Discussion group is going to discuss this book during its next meeting on Tuesday October 13th at 1PM ET. This is after all the festivities of the CTL virtual conference, KU Village 2009, but before Halloween!

I am re-reading (actually re-listening) to the book right now. There are a couple things that you may want to know about it:

– It is NOT a traditional “self-help” book. In fact, he makes fun of self-help books.

– His writing style is academic, but playful. I think he is channeling the muse of Douglas Adams (author of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) sometimes. It is engaging.

It is a “read” that I do recommend. It made me happy. 🙂

Below is Gilbert giving a TED talk in 2004.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on the web!



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