The Surprising Science of Happiness—Dan Gilbert


The Gist: Human brains are equipped with “experience stimulators” that allow us to “experience” a situation without actually being in it. Tendency Bias causes us to overestimate the benefit we can get from potential alternative situations, thus making ourselves less happy. In other words, happiness is a choice.

“We synthesize happiness, but we think happiness is a thing to be found.”

I agree with Dan to some extent. People should always look on the bright side of life and make the best out of their current situations. Two people might have the same things in life but one can be much happier than the other. We have the ability to be happy, so find it within you.

There’s a little story I once heard: A puppy asks his mom where happiness is. Mama dog tells him it’s on his tail. So the puppy spends the whole day chasing after his tail and becomes really sad because he can’t catch it. Mama dog sees that and says, “Silly boy, stop chasing after it. Keep your chin up and walk straight ahead, then your happiness is following right behind you!” Continue reading