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Daniel Gilbert

Daniel Gilbert

  • Bestselling Author, Stumbling on Happiness
  • Groundbreaking research and insights into how people make judgments, choices and decisions
  • Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert says our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong - a premise he supports with intriguing research and explains in his brilliant and funny book, Stumbling on Happiness, which Time magazine called “Fascinating.” The Washington Post raved, "Gilbert is a professor by trade, but he's every bit as funny as Larry David." Stumbling on Happiness is not a self-help manual, but a deep and delightful explanation of what psychologists, neuroscientists and behavioral economists have discovered about why people are so poor at predicting the sources of their own satisfaction. Gilbert’s research on how we mispredict what will make us happy has dramatic implications for business strategy, sales and marketing, and understanding customers.

SPOTLIGHT! Daniel Gilbert recently hosted a 3-part PBS special entitled, This Emotional Life, which explored the human journey towards happiness. View the trailer...

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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? Marry Jennifer or Joanne? Become an architect or a pastry chef?—we’re lost. Is there any way to know how to precisely the right thing at all possible times? In fact, there is a simple method for making decisions that most people find easy to understand and impossible to follow. New research in psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics explains why.

Stumbling on Happiness

Daniel Gilbert believes that most of us are pursuing happiness with the wrong map. Just as optical illusions fool our eyes, Gilbert’s award-winning research shows that our brains systematically mispredict what will make us happy. His work has had a profound influence in psychology, behavioral economics, law, and medicine. The message is original, but it his delivery that sets him apart. His quick, engaging, and often hilarious style of writing and speaking explains why he was chosen to host the new PBS televisions series Secrets of Happiness and why his book Stumbling on Happiness spent 25 weeks on the New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 30 languages.

Daniel Gilbert Biography, Background, and Speaker Profile

According to The Wall Street Journal, Daniel Gilbert is a world-renowned authority on how people predict their emotional reactions to future events. He is the author of the national bestseller Stumbling on Happiness, which spent 25 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has being translated into 30 languages, and was awarded the Royal Society’s General Prize for best science book of the year. Time magazine called it “Fascinating,” the New York Times called it “Brilliant,” and Bloomberg News called it “the only truly useful book on psychology I’ve ever read.” Daniel’s groundbreaking research on how people make judgments, choices and decisions lies at the intersection of psychology and behavioral economics.

Gilbert is a Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. In addition to being a leading scientist and best-selling author, Gilbert is also an award winning teacher and public speaker. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times, has written for Time and Forbes, has been a guest on The Today Show, Charlie Rose, 20/20, and The Colbert Report, and is the host of the new PBS television series Secrets of Happiness.

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