I recently read an interview with Daniel Gilbert, Ph.D., author of “Stumbling on Happiness” and Harvard professor of psychology, where he discussed his personal journey to researching happiness. He discussed that he first became interested in researching happiness after he experienced a lot of personal difficulties (problems with family, friends as well as deaths of people close by) and he wanted to understand how people continue to “be o.k.” despite the various challenges and setbacks that they encounter. Over the years, his research has shown that people are often much more resilient than they believe, or in other words, we tend to cope and adapt to the challenges and curve balls that we encounter. On a personal note, Gilbert noted that this finding has resulted in making him less fearful in his personal life. Another interesting finding from Gilbert’s research is that individuals are often happier with decisions when they can’t change their minds about it.
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