Have you ever made serious plans about your future perhaps 5 or 10 years hence and then when the time arrives, nothing is the way you imagined? What about anticipation of an activity that turns out to be less fun than you thought? Does the activity ever meet with the anticipation? Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert explains the science behind why what we imagine rarely meets up with reality. This book takes you on a tour of the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of why we humans do such a poor job of making decisions about our future and then when the day arrives, can’t figure out why we are not as happy as we anticipated we would be at that moment in time.
The book is well written with a definite slant to humor, much of it self-deprecating to the author. It explains how reality is different for all of us, in particular that happiness is subjective and what we think will make us happy in the future rarely turns out to be right because we base our happiness on who we are currently as to who we will be in the future.
Special thanks to friend and contributor Terri for submitting this review.