Stumbling on Happiness

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Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert delivers a tremendous book that will “shatter your most deeply held convictions about how your mind works”. Rather than writing a self-help guide to happiness, Gilbert presents a smart, witty, and funny book that describes “all that science has to tell us about the uniquely human endeavor to envision the future, and how likely we are to enjoy it when we get there”.  As Gilbert explains, when people try to predict what the future holds, they consistently make basic mistakes – it is our imagination playing tricks on us as it looks forward.  The problem, Gilbert argues, lies in the logic-centers of our brains -we attempt to predict what will make us happy in the future, but we are in fact constantly changing individuals with different perspectives of ‘happiness’ at different times. There needs to be, according to Gilbert, just the right amount of control and ‘delusion’, and this book is his reasoning why. Through cutting edge and often original research, he provides an entertaining read that is both informative and thought provoking.

Dr. Lynn K. Jones is a Certified Personal and Executive Coach based in Santa Barbara, California and a sought after coach and consultant for organizations and individuals across the US.   Her doctoral work completed at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University concerned organizational culture; she coaches, consults and trains organizations on what they need to do to create organizational cultures that are aligned with their vision and values using a process of Appreciative Inquiry.  She coaches individual on achieving their reflected best selves.  An MSW@USC faculty member, Dr. Lynn K. Jones, MSW, DSW, CSWM, teaches Human Behavior and Social Environment.