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Daniel Gilbert

Professor of Psychology at Harvard University; Best-Selling Author of Stumbling on Happiness; Host of the PBS television Series This Emotional Life

Professor Daniel Gilbert is one of the world’s leading experts on the science of happiness and on errors in human decision-making.

Happiness: What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You

Most of us think we know what would make us happy and that our only problem is getting it. But research in psychology, economics, and neuroscience shows that people are not very good at predicting what will make them happy, how happy it will make them, and how long that happiness will last. Is the problem that we can’t really imagine what our futures will hold? Is the problem that our friends and family mislead us about the true sources of human happiness? Yes, and yes again. Professor Gilbert will explain why, when it comes to finding happiness, we can’t always trust our imaginations or our mothers.

How to Do Precisely the Right Thing At All Possible Times

Floss daily, save for retirement, and don’t wear plaid pants before or after Labor Day. Most experts tell us what to decide but they don’t tell us how, and so the moment we face a novel decision—should I move to Cleveland or Anchorage? Become an architect or a pastry chef?—we’re lost. Is there any way to know how to do precisely the right thing at all possible times? In fact, science provides a simple method for making decisions. Although that method is easy to understand, most of us don’t apply it in our daily lives, and so we make a host of mistakes that we later regret. New research in psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics explains why.

Meet Daniel Gilbert

Professor Daniel Gilbert is one of the world’s leading experts on the science of happiness and on errors in human decision-making.

Celebrated Harvard professor Daniel Gilbert is the author of the international bestseller Stumbling on Happiness, which spent six months on the New York Times bestseller list and has being translated into more than 35 languages. He is the host of the award-winning PBS television series, This Emotional Life, and his wildly popular TED talks have been watched more than 20 million times. He has been a guest on The Today Show, The Colbert Report, and The Late Show. His groundbreaking research on why people often don’t realize what will make them happy has profound implications for both individuals and their organizations.

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