Daniel Gilbert, “Immune to Reality
Although Gilbert often makes convincing case for the limitations of our ability to foresee the real sources of our happiness, he has less to say about our active role in finding our happiness at last. In what ways do Fredrickson’s reflections both confirm and complicate Gilbert’s claims about the ways we “stumble” into happiness?
For our second assignment, please engage Gilbert’s argument about happiness and Fredrickson’s reflections on love in a conversation to construct your own argument to answer the following question:
Do we really “stumble” into happiness, or is happiness an achievement that requires creativity and informed choices on our part? If at all, what choices and actions lead to happy relationships, including oneself and others?