‘Happiness Professor’ Explains What Makes You Happy

Harvard psychologist and author Daniel Gilbert argues that our brains systematically misjudge what will make us happy. He speaks at Alma College on March 22.

Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert says humans are poor predictors of their own happiness — a premise he supports with clinical research drawn from psychology and neuroscience and explains with an entertaining and humorous style.

Gilbert presents “Happiness: What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the Remick Heritage Center at Alma College. The talk keynotes the 2015-16 Alma College Speaker Series sponsored by the Responsible Leadership Institute.

<em>Book Cover: "Stumbling on Happiness"<br><br></em>Book Cover: "Stumbling on Happiness"

General admission tickets are $10 each and may be purchased online or at the Remick Heritage Center Box Office. All tickets ordered after March 15 will be held in the Box Office and can be picked up one hour before the event. Box Office hours are 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

Tickets for Alma College students, faculty and staff are free but must be reserved at the Box Office.

Gilbert, the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, has won numerous awards for his research and teaching, including the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology.

His research on “affective forecasting” investigates how well people can make predictions about the emotional impact of future events. He argues that our brains systematically misjudge what will make us happy.

His 2007 book, Stumbling on Happiness, spent six months on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into more than 30 languages. It was awarded the Royal Society’s General Book Prize for best science book of the year.

In 2010, he hosted and co-wrote the award-winning PBS television series “This Emotional Life,” and he has been a contributor to Time magazine, the New York Times and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” In addition he has been a guest on numerous television shows, including The Today Show, Charlie Rose, 20/20 and The Colbert Report.

In 2014, Science magazine named him one of the world’s 50 most-followed scientists on social media. More than 20 million people have seen his TED talks, and his first TED talk remains one of the 15 most popular of all time.

Story published on February 22, 2016
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