The Surprising Science of Happiness

January 27, 2017.
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Dan Gilbert:
The Surprising Science of Happiness
(Among Top 20 Most Watched TED Talks)

Dan Gilbert. PhD in psychology from Princeton University, now Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, has won numerous awards for his teaching and research. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Phi Beta Kappa teaching prize for his work at Harvard.

In this fascinating TED talk, which is among the Top 20 most viewed TED talks of all time, Dan Gilbert challenges commonly held beliefs about happiness—many of which are often wrong. Gilbert argues that “our brains systematically misjudge what will make us happy”.

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His views on happiness are based on research from psychology and neuroscience, which he summarized and explained in his best-selling book Stumbling on Happiness (2006)—a New York Times bestseller and translated into 20 languages.  Gilbert is a highly engaging speaker with a great sense of humour.  He has also given two other TED talks: Why We Make Bad Decisions (2005) which you can view here —and most recently, The Psychology of Your Future Self (2014), which you can view here.

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