Stumbling on Happiness
Bringing to life scientific research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and behavioral economics, this bestselling book reveals what scientists have discovered about the uniquely human ability to imagine the future, and about our capacity to predict how much we will like it when we get there. • Why are lovers quicker to forgive their partners for infidelity than for leaving dirty dishes in the sink? • Why will sighted people pay more to avoid going blind than blind people will pay to regain their sight? • Why do dining companions insist on ordering different meals instead of getting what they really want? • Why do pigeons seem to have such excellent aim; why can’t we remember one song while listening to another; and why does the line at the grocery store always slow down the moment we join it? In this brilliant, witty, and accessible book, renowned Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions. With penetrating insight and sparkling prose, Gilbert explains why we seem to know so little about the hearts and minds of the people we are about to become.
$6.74The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
In his widely praised book, award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt examines the world's philosophical wisdom through the lens of psychological science, showing how a deeper understanding of enduring maxims-like Do unto others as you would have others do unto you, or What doesn't kill you makes you stronger-can enrich and even transform our lives.
$7.82Redirect: Changing the Stories We Live By
"There are few academics who write with as much grace and wisdom as Timothy Wilson. REDIRECT is a masterpiece." -Malcolm GladwellWhat if there were a magic pill that could make you happier, turn you into a better parent, solve a number of your teenager's behavior problems, reduce racial prejudice, and close the achievement gap in education? There is no such pill, but story editing - the scientifically based approach described in REDIRECT - can accomplish all of this.The world-renowned psychologist Timothy Wilson shows us how to redirect the stories we tell about ourselves and the world around us, with subtle prompts, in ways that lead to lasting change. Fascinating, groundbreaking, and practical, REDIRECT demonstrates the remarkable power small changes can have on the ways we see ourselves and our environment, and how we can use this in our everyday lives.Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this new edition of his groundbreaking classic work, Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness and greatly improve the quality of our lives.
$7.19Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Why do our headaches persist after we take a one-cent aspirin but disappear when we take a fifty-cent aspirin? Why do we splurge on a lavish meal but cut coupons to save twenty-five cents on a can of soup? When it comes to making decisions in our lives, we think we're making smart, rational choices. But are we? In this newly revised and expanded edition of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, we consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. Yet these misguided behaviors are neither random nor senseless. They're systematic and predictable—making us predictably irrational.
$8.16The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less
Whether we're buying a pair of jeans, ordering a cup of coffee, selecting a long-distance carrier, applying to college, choosing a doctor, or setting up a 401(k), everyday decisions—both big and small—have become increasingly complex due to the overwhelming abundance of choice with which we are presented.As Americans, we assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction. But beware of excessive choice: choice overload can make you question the decisions you make before you even make them, it can set you up for unrealistically high expectations, and it can make you blame yourself for any and all failures. In the long run, this can lead to decision-making paralysis, anxiety, and perpetual stress. And, in a culture that tells us that there is no excuse for falling short of perfection when your options are limitless, too much choice can lead to clinical depression.In The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz explains at what point choice—the hallmark of individual freedom and self-determination that we so cherish—becomes detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being. In accessible, engaging, and anecdotal prose, Schwartz shows how the dramatic explosion in choice—from the mundane to the profound challenges of balancing career, family, and individual needs—has paradoxically become a problem instead of a solution. Schwartz also shows how our obsession with choice encourages us to seek that which makes us feel worse.By synthesizing current research in the social sciences, Schwartz makes the counter intuitive case that eliminating choices can greatly reduce the stress, anxiety, and busyness of our lives. He offers eleven practical steps on how to limit choices to a manageable number, have the discipline to focus on those that are important and ignore the rest, and ultimately derive greater satisfaction from the choices you have to make.
$6.99The Poet's Cookbook: Details for over 50 forms, types of meter, structure, rhyme and over 100 writing exercises.
First off, this isn’t a book that is about how you should write poetry, it is a (hopefully) light-hearted and humorous approach which explores how you can write poetry.I’m not into rules. I like experimenting and exploring ideas and the pursuit of creativity. However, I do also think that we can learn from some of the rules, conventions and mechanics of different types of poetry no matter how much we think we know.Whether you are new to writing or whether you are a more experienced hand, I hope that there is something for everyone in this book, that it will be challenging and will help you to grow in your craft.Magi
Ramates discovers a new luminary in the sky. What begins as his darkest day leads the hunter-priest on a journey to follow an ancient prophecy that will lead him to a new country to see the foretold king. He confesses a dark secret and offers a gift more valuable than the oil of myrrh, the power of frankincense, or the weight of gold.
$3.61Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal
As seen in the Sony Pictures 2016 film Ghostbusters, the ultimate guide to identifying, understanding, and engaging with any paranormal activity that plagues youYears before they made headlines with the Ghostbusters, Erin Gilbert and Abby L. Yates published the groundbreaking study of the paranormal, Ghosts from Our Past. Once lost to history, this criminally underappreciated book is now back in print, revised and somewhat updated for the new century.According to Gilbert and Yates, “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,” and whether you’re a believer or a skeptic, you’ll find the information you’re seeking right here in this extraordinary book, including:· The childhood experiences that inspired Erin and Abby’s lifelong passion for the scientific study of the paranormal;· The history of ghosts and other supernatural entities, the science that explains their existence, and profiles of the groundbreaking paranormal researchers who have investigated them;· An illustrated guide to Class I through Class VII ghosts;· Helpful sidebars like “A Ghost by Any Other Name” and “Ectoplasm Cleanup Tips”;· Updates including “The Ghostbusters’ Arsenal” by Jillian Holtzmann and “Haunted History” by Patty Tolan;· A new Ghostbusting Resources appendix, featuring the “Paranormal Quickstart Guide”, “Is It a Ghost? A Handy Quiz”, “A Supernatural Stakeout Journal”, “The Devil’s Dictionary: Paraterminology You Need to Know”; and more.With this helpful—and hilarious—official Ghostbusters guide in hand, you’ll be prepared for almost any spirit, spook, or spectre that comes your way. As for the rest, you know who to call.
$5.95Quicklet on TED Talks: Dan Gilbert: Why Are We Happy?
Quicklets: Your Reading Sidekick! ABOUT THE BOOK If you can't shake the feeling that you're stuck in the circumstances that surround you, you're frustrated with the stagnation of your career's momentum, or you yearn for something more than you already have, Dan Gilbert's Why Are We Happy? lecture may help you gain perspective in unexpected ways. The resolution to your existential crisis won't be found through fleeing the country or overhauling your entire existence. It can be found in your mind. We live in a society that wants a lot and perpetuates subconscious entitlement and the expectation of a life that's gluttonously filled with riches, and insists on incessant forward movement until you get everything you desire. Gilbert's lecture suggests you may be happy if you don't get those things, or even happier still if you succeed in accumulating your every wish and then lose everything. Some of his key points may be hard for the cynical to swallow at first, but Gilbert presents a strong piece of media that affirms the often uttered but rarely practiced adage that the true path to happiness is through ourselves. MEET THE AUTHOR Seth Leeper is a freelance writer, blogger, and singer. He has written fashion columns and feature articles for AND and Xpress Magazines, maintained his own fashion blog at yourdailyfashionfix.blogspot.com, and contributed stories and poetry to Outspoken! e-zine. He has a B.A. in Creative Writing and Fashion Journalism from San Francisco State University. When he's not setting word to processor, he swims, jogs, and sings Linda Ronstadt classics. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Think you'll be a happier person as an instant millionaire rather than someone who just lost their right arm? Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling On Happiness, begs to differ. In a twenty-minute lecture on TED Talk, Gilbert asserts his position that happiness isn't just found, but can be manufactured by our very own brains. Gilbert opens with a look at the evolution of the human brain, which he says has tripled in mass in the last two million years to make room for new structures. Our ancestor, homo habilis, had a brain weighing one and a quarter pounds, but modern human brains weigh about three pounds. This is because the human skull evolved to make room for the prefrontal cortex, which has been referred to as the “CEO of the brain,” by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. It presides over cognitive and abstract functions and moderates how we socialize, helping to discern proper forms of communication from inappropriate outbursts. Buy a copy to keep reading! CHAPTER OUTLINEQuicklet on TED Talks: Dan Gilbert Asks, Why Are We Happy? + Introduction + About The Speaker + The CEO of the Brain + Synthesizing Happiness + ...and much more