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Gilbert writes like Gladwell and Sedaris

From Stumbling on Happiness

What would you do right now if you learned that you were going to die in ten minutes? Would you race upstairs and light that Marlboro you've been hiding in your sock drawer since the Ford administration? Would you waltz into your boss's office and present him with a detailed description of his personal defects? Would you drive out to that steakhouse near the new mall and order a T-bone, medium rare, with an extra side of the really bad cholesterol? Hard to say, of course, but of all the things you might do in your final ten minutes, it's a pretty safe bet that few of them are things you actually did today. KEEP READING >

Stumbling on Happiness Seminar
Twelve chapters, twelve weeks. If you're an educator who wants to teach your students about Stumbling on Happiness, or a member of a discussion group that wants to learn more about the topics it covers, you can get Daniel Gilbert's complete study guide for the book here. Based on his own experience teaching this material at Harvard, he includes information about the concepts covered in each chapter, questions for discussion, and recommended readings.