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  • Our brain accepts what the eyes see and our eye looks for whatever our brain wants.

    Eye   Brain   Looks  
  • To ensure that our views are credible, our brain accepts what our eye sees. To ensure that our views are positive, our eye looks for what our brain wants. The conspiracy between these two servants allows us to live at the fulcrum of stark reality and comforting illusion.

    Eye   Reality   Views  
    Daniel Gilbert (2006). “Stumbling on Happiness”, Vintage
  • Because your brain uses information from the areas around the blind spot to make a reasonable guess about what the blind spot would see if only it weren't blind, and then your brain fills in the scene with this information. That's right, it invents things, creates things, makes stuff up! It doesn't consult you about this, doesn't seek your approval. It just makes its best guess about the nature of the missing information and proceeds to fill in the scene.

  • Our inability to recall how we really felt is why our wealth of experiences turns out to be poverty of riches.

  • The eye and brain are conspirators, and, like most conspiracies, theirs is negotiated behind closed doors, in the back room, outside of our awareness.

    Eye   Doors   Brain  
    Daniel Gilbert (2006). “Stumbling on Happiness”, Vintage
  • Part of us believes the new car is better because it lasts longer. But, in fact, that's the worst thing about the new car. It will stay around to disappoint you, whereas a trip to Europe is over. It evaporates. It has the good sense to go away, and you are left with nothing but a wonderful memory.

  • Humans react to danger when it is immediate, immoral, visible... Global warming does not press any of those buttons.

  • We humans can look deep into future and predict what will happen, but then turn around and do nothing about it.

  • The good news is that going blind is not going to make you as unhappy as you think it will. The bad news is that winning the lottery will not make you as happy as you expect.

  • People want to be happy, and all the other things they want are typically meant to be a means to that end.

    Mean   People   Want  
    Daniel Gilbert (2006). “Stumbling on Happiness”, p.34, Vintage
  • The fact that we often judge the pleasure of an experience by its ending can cause us to make some curious choices.

    Daniel Gilbert (2006). “Stumbling on Happiness”, p.203, Vintage
  • Daniel Levitin has more insights per page than any other neuroscientist I know. The organized Mind is smart, important, and, as always, exquisitely written.

  • Research suggests that people are typically unaware of the reasons why they are doing what they are doing, but when asked for a reason, they readily supply one.

    Daniel Gilbert (2006). “Stumbling on Happiness”, Vintage
  • Why isn’t it fun to watch a videotape of last night’s football game even when we don’t know who won? Because the fact that the game has already been played precludes the possibility that our cheering will somehow penetrate the television, travel through the cable system, find its way to the stadium, and influence the trajectory of the ball as it hurtles toward the goalposts!

    Football   Cheer   Fun  
    Daniel Gilbert (2006). “Stumbling on Happiness”, p.22, Vintage
  • In short, if we adhere to the standard of perfection in all our endeavors, we are left with nothing but mathematics and the White Album.

    Daniel Gilbert (2006). “Stumbling on Happiness”, p.65, Vintage
  • The secret of happiness is variety, but the secret of variety, like the secret of all spices, is knowing when to use it.

  • We all have direct experience with things that do or don't make us happy, we all have friends, therapists, cabdrivers, and talk-show hosts who tell us about things that will or won't make us happy, and yet, despite all this practice and all this coaching, our search for happiness often culminates in a stinky mess. We expect the next car, the next house, or the next promotion to make us happy even though the last ones didn't and even though others keep telling us that the next ones won't.

    Daniel Gilbert (2006). “Stumbling on Happiness”, p.196, Vintage
  • The price we pay for our irresponsible explanatory urge is that we often spoil our most pleasant experiences by making good sense of them.

    Pay   Pleasure   Spoil  
  • To learn from experience, we must remember it, and, for a variety of reasons, memory is a faithless friend.

    Daniel Gilbert (2006). “Stumbling on Happiness”, p.233, Vintage
  • Impact is rewarding. Mattering makes us happy.

    Daniel Gilbert (2006). “Stumbling on Happiness”, p.23, Vintage
  • The brain and the eye may have a contractual relationship in which the brain has agreed to believe what the eye sees, but in return the eye has agreed to look for what the brain wants.

    Believe   Eye   Brain  
    Daniel Gilbert (2006). “Stumbling on Happiness”, Vintage
  • If someone offered you a pill that would make you permanently happy, you would be well advised to run fast and run far. Emotion is a compass that tells us what to do, and a compass that perpetually stuck on north is worthless.

  • Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished. The person you are right now is as transient, as fleeting and as temporary as all the people you’re ever been. The one constant in our lives is change.

    Life   Change   Mistake  
    "When Do We Become The Final Version of Ourselves?". "TED Radio Hour" with Guy Rez, www.npr.org. June 19, 2015.
  • Is happiness really the only thing we should be aiming for?

  • If I wanted to know what a certain future would feel like to me, I would find someone who is already living that future. If I wonder what it's like to become a lawyer or marry a busy executive or eat at a particular restaurant, my best bet is to find people who have actually done these things and see how happy they are.

    People   Done   Lawyer  
    "Happiness: The elusive emotion". CNN Interview, www.cnn.com. November 20, 2006.
  • We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends.

    "How To Be Happier In Life" by Eric Barker, www.askmen.com.
  • Global warming is a deadly threat precisely because it fails to trip the brain's alarm, leaving us soundly asleep in a burning bed.

    Leaving   Brain   Bed  
    "If Only Gay Sex Caused Global Warming" by Daniel Gilbert, www.huffingtonpost.com. April 7, 2007.
  • Few of us can accurately gauge how we will feel tomorrow or next week. That's why when you go to the supermarket on an empty stomach, you'll buy too much, and if you shop after a big meal, you'll buy too little.

  • Hateful, blasphemous, prejudiced, vulgar, rude, or ignorant remarks are the music of a free society, and the relentless patter of idiots is how we know we're in one. When all the words in our public conversation are fair, good, and true, it's time to make a run for the fence.

    Running   Rude   Ignorant  
    "What Is Your Dangerous Idea?". Book by John Brockman (p. 43), 2007.
  • I actually think the same things do make most people happy. The differences are extremely small, and around the margins. You like peach ice cream; I like strawberry ice cream. Both of us like ice cream much better than a smack on the head with two-by-four.

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