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Stumbling on Happiness


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/ Key title / Includes PS Section In this fascinating and often hilarious work, pre-eminent psychologist Daniel Gilbert shows how -- and why -- the majority of us have no idea how to make ourselves happy. / Engaging and highly entertaining -- will appeal particuarly to readers of books such as 'Freakonomics' and 'Blink'. / Humorous yet useful, this book offers insights into how the mind works and how to make ourselves happy. / In 2002, Gilbert was listed as one of the fifty most influential social psychologists of the decade and he is widely recognised as the world expert in his field. / 'Stumbling on Happiness' will be supported by a consumer marketing campaign. / Competition: Daniel Goleman - Emotional Intelligence; Steven Pinker - How the Mind Works; Alain de Botton

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Daniel Gilbert was born in 1957, attained his Ph.D. in 1985 from Princeton University, and since 1996 has served as Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. In 2002, he was listed by Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin as one of the fifty most influential social psychologists of the decade, and is now considered the world's foremost authority on the psychological concepts of 'fundamental attribution error' and 'affective forecasting'.


'"Stumbling on Happiness" is an absolutely fantastic book that will shatter your most deeply held convictions about how your own mind works. Ceaselessly entertaining, Gilbert is the perfect guide to some of the most interesting psychological research ever performed. Think you know what makes you happy? You won't know for sure until you have read this book.' Steven D. Levitt, author of 'Freakonomics' 'In "Stumbling on Happiness", Daniel Gilbert shares his brilliant insights into our quirks of mind, and steers us toward happiness in the most delightful, engaging ways. If you stumble on this book, you're guaranteed many doses of joy.' Daniel Goleman, author of 'Emotional Intelligence' 'This is a brilliant book, a useful book, and a book that could quite possibly change the way you look at just about everything. And as a bonus, Gilbert writes like a cross between Malcolm Gladwell and David Sedaris.' Seth Godin, author 'All Marketers Are Liars' 'Everyone will enjoy reading this book, and some of us will wish we could have written it. You will rarely have a chance to learn so much about so important a topic while having so much fun.' Professor Daniel Kahneman, Princeton University, Winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics 'A fascinating new book that explores our sometimes misguided attempts to find happiness.' Time Magazine 'If Daniel Gilbert is right, then you are wrong ! everything you have ever thought about life choices, and about happiness, has been at the least somewhat naive and, at worst, greatly mistaken.' New York Times 'In a book that is as deep as it is delightful, Daniel Gilbert reveals the powerful and often surprising connections between our experience of happiness and how we think about the future. Drawing on cutting edge psychological research and his own sharp insights into everyday events, Gilbert manages to have considerable fun while expertly illuminating some of the most profound mysteries of the human mind. I confidently predict that your future will be happier if you read this pathbreaking volume.' Daniel L. Schacter, Harvard University, author of 'Searching for Memory' and 'The Seven Sins of Memory'

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