“Our lives may not always turn out as we wish or as we plan,
but we are confident that if they had,
then our happiness would have been unbounded
and our sorrows thin and fleeting.”
– Dan Gilbert in “Stumbling on Happiness”
Dan Gilbert did a talk at TED called: Why are we happy? Why aren’t we happy?
Who do you think would be happier in the long-run: those who win millions or people who become paraplegic? How long can life traumas affect our happiness? Can we be just as happy not getting what we want as getting what we want? How does freedom of choice factor in? Dan Gilbert answers these questions and talks about synthesizing happiness.