08 Dec Predicting happiness
Which would make you happier: winning the lottery, or losing the ability to walk? It may seem like a no-brainer, but Daniel Gilbert, a psychology professor at Harvard University, says the answer may surprise you. Research shows that one year later, paraplegics are just about as happy as lottery winners. Gilbert studies the science of happiness, and has found that people aren_ã_t very good at predicting what will make them happy. Now, he is studying the way happiness ebbs and flows in our lives at www.trackyourhappiness.org. Tonight, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre_ã_s Science on Screen series, Gilbert will talk about the science of happiness as an introduction to the film _ã–American Beauty._ã__ã_ He spoke with us about his research.
Want to know Dan Gilbert’s answers to happiness and positive psychology related question such as…
- What makes us happy?
- Why aren’t we very good at predicting happiness?
- What’s the secret to finding happiness?