Entertaining, Educational and LOL Funny, October
If you want to stumble on happiness start
doing good deeds and random acts of kindness. Writing in a
gratitude journal also seems to work as does changing your
thoughts from negative to positive. While this book may teach
you some important things (think about the positives and
negatives of any future situation) it is more of an intellectual
romp through psychology land.
Daniel Gilbert is the type of person you'd want to be friends
with. He'd provide entertaining conversation, take you to
gourmet restaurants and explain why your life is such a
surprising journey. Along the way he'd make you laugh a lot. He
sure did in this book. I lost track of how many times I laughed.
Maybe I just got his humor and his writing had high creative
appeal. I also learned a few new words like panglossian.
What did occur to me while reading was that I think I remember
my past experiences far better than the people discussed in this
book. I definitely know what would make me happy based on past
experiences. I also know what won't make me happy in the future.
This book did answer some of my questions however, like why I
love to wait for packages from amazon. I will often choose the
free shipping just so things get to me slower. This habit of
forestalling pleasure brings me a lot of anticipatory joy.
One thing I didn't agree with was the comments about the movie
Casablanca. A person usually doesn't regret doing the right
thing. In fact doing the right thing can bring a wealth of
happiness. I'm also not sure the author has ever experienced a
form of spiritual enlightenment as it is like night and day and
you know you've never been that happy before. Some of his
comments indicated he may be more concerned with science than
religion although religion brings a lot of happiness to people.
God was not mentioned except in passing so there was no data on
people who have fallen in love with God. I also am completely
convinced that some people want to be miserable. They make a
choice to continue in their negative ruminations.
Daniel Gilbert is however a keen observer of the world and he
knows a lot about human nature. So from that angle this book is
very intriguing. It is a joy to experience his deep thinking and
conclusions. I also felt he was very logical and has a good
handle on philosophy. He does however believe in evolution if
that is of interest to you. Not a lot of time is spent on that
subject besides describing aspects of the brain.
I do personally think it is fun to think positively about the
future but I will now use more caution when my imagination runs
wild. Will I ever have pool or travel to Paris again? These are
things I hope for and it is fun to think about what I will do
tomorrow and which book I will read. So hope is definitely a
factor in predicting happiness.
So get ready to have an author uncover some dark secrets about
society. Be prepared to laugh out loud. This is a very enjoyable
reading experience that I can recommend to almost anyone. Just
have some éclairs or chocolate cake handy. You will get hungry
for foods he mentions. :)
~The Rebecca Review