In this talk, Dan Gilbert, the author of Stumbling on Happiness challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. In fact, getting or not getting what we want has very little correlation with how we feel about life afterwards. Our happiness’ source is internal – our brain is incredibly adaptive to the external circumstances, especially when we cannot change them. He also touches on the issue of choice with some data showing that having been able to change one’s decision actually makes this person less happy. So, it really is very interconnected (and confirming) with another TED talk I posted earlier – The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz.
Very insightful, entertaining and sometimes very funny. Enjoy!
Original video on TED.com (might be better quality).