Stumbling on Happiness

In Stumbling on Happiness, Dan Gilbert analyzes three main failures of our brain that influence our ability to judge and predict our happiness. The first, Realism, is a shortcoming wherein our imagination “fills in” details into our memories. The second is Presentism, the brain’s ability to inject the present into the future, which distorts how happy we think we’ll be. Finally, Rationalization examines our psychological immune system, which causes even bad events to look a whole lot better once they happen. Reading Notes