Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert is an excellent book, and I highly recommend it. You will be mistaken and disappointed if you buy the book imagining it to be a useful guide to finding happiness. It is not. The author describes the work as “what science has to tell us about how and how well the human brain can imagine its own future, and about how and how well it can predict which of those futures it will most enjoy.”
Okay, we lost a few potential readers with that description, but this post’s purpose is not to suggest you buy the book. It is about another statement in the book I find useful for my clients and me. The statement is this, “The greatest achievement of the human brain is its ability to imagine objects and episodes that do not exist in the realm of the real.” It appears that we are the only species who have imagination, and that unique capacity is the driving force behind most of our creative accomplishments. We simply know how to dream things, situations and moments up, any time of day or night.