Pretty fascinating stuff. Not a self-help book, but rather a psychological study about the way our minds work.
I thought the first chapter was pretty boring but was glad I kept reading because it has some fascinating things that will make you think twice about some of your beliefs. Ever wonder why you and others who were at the same place at the same time have different stories about the same events? No it isn't because you have a great memory and they don't remember correctly. This book will give you the answer to this and challange many other ideas you beleive to be true.
My husband was reading this book and ditched it because he found it rather tedious to read. It's a pure psychology book, and judging by his reaction, people who read books about psychology and how the mind works are going to enjoy this far more than the average person. It was not written in a way that made it interesting for someone like my husband, who has a more casual interest in the subject matter.
This book is not a self-help book, but rather should appeal to those with an interest in psychology or sociology. Gilbert examines why our imaginations mislead us when we envision what will make us happy in the future. He uses as examples results of a number of experiments, and occasionally touches on economics and biology.
I enjoyed the author's writing style - he is very humorous, and writes in a way that makes his topic accessible. Also, he frequently recaps findings from previous chapters, which is good for someone like myself who tends to space out occasionally or start thinking about something else while reading. :-)
STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS is written by a renouned Harvard psychologist. If you are looking for a book on how to become happy, this book is not for you. But, if you are interested in scientific research,in philosophy, psychology or cognetive neuroscience, this book offers much insight into the unique human ability to imagine the future.