Happy When By Daniel Gilbert Summary

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STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS PART I CHAPTER 1: JOURNEY TO ELSE WHEN Content: The author Daniel Gilbert is a renowned psychologist whose book is a witty, racy and readable study of expectation, anticipation, memory and perception: all bits of scaffolding within the structure of happiness. The author reports that humans have a tendency to estimate things based on their current emotions and he refers to them as 'talented forgers'. They are the only animals who as according to him are given the ability to presume things n predict. The author further explains that, the thing we predict that makes us happy may leave us disappointed- and supposed disappointment may bring happiness. The author refers our…show more content…
They may be conjoint but projects different personalities. Reba is shy whereas Lori is outgoing and extrovert. Even though they have personality differences they share a very good bond and complement each other very well. Their unusual life presents many difficulties to them of course but they still are optimistic about it and don’t wish to change it at all. They don’t wish to get separated they say they are happy this way. But the world disagrees to them saying how can they be happy in such situation probably they don’t know what happiness really is. But hello! How can others judge someone else’s…show more content…
Then comes three types of happiness: which are roughly called as emotional happiness, moral happiness and, judgmental happiness. Emotional happiness is the feeling that is hard to be described, it is a subjective experience. Emotional happiness occurs mainly when we are pleasured about something connected to us. Moral happiness is the feeling that we get when we successfully live up to our duty, virtue and potential. Judgemental happiness is when we express our beliefs about things. As happiness is subjective we can never be 100% certain that our experience of happiness will be same as other’s experience of it. According to me happiness can never be compared as the reasons behind be different. The intensities of it are different. No matter how hard you try to generalize happiness it can never be generalized. Thematic clarity: The theme is pretty much clear i.e. happiness. Author has tried to make the readers understand that happiness cannot be generalized and cannot ne compared to that of other’s. Happiness of a person cannot be judged by others. Author has tried to make readers understand about their own happiness through some examples of reports given by well-known
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