Daniel Gilbert
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Daniel Gilbert

Professor Daniel Gilbert is one of the world’s leading experts on the science of happiness and on errors in human decision-making.
Professor of Psychology at Harvard University; Best-Selling Author, Host of the PBS television Series This Emotional Life

Expertise In:

  • Happiness and Mindfulness
  • Personal Growth and Achievement
  • Inspiring Lives
  • Risk Management
  • Motivation

Audience & Industry

  • Associations
  • Corporations
  • The Technology Industry
  • The Finance Industry
  • The Marketing and Advertising Industry

Professor Daniel Gilbert is one of the world’s leading experts on the science of happiness and on errors in human decision-making.

Daniel Gilbert is the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He has won numerous awards for his research and teaching. In 2008 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2018 he won the William James Award for “a lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology.”

His 2007 book, Stumbling on Happiness, spent 6 months on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than a million copies worldwide, has been translated into more than 35 languages, and was awarded the Royal Society’s General Book Prize for best science book of the year.

In 2010, he hosted and co-wrote the award-winning NOVA television series This Emotional Life which was seen by more than 10 million viewers in its first airing.

In 2013, he teamed up with Prudential to do a series of television commercials meant to help Americans overcome the psychological obstacles to saving for retirement. This advertising campaign has been one of the most successful in the history of the financial services industry.

He is a contributor to Time, The New York Times, and NPR's All Things Considered, and has been a guest on numerous television shows including The Today Show, Charlie Rose, 20/20, The Colbert Report, and The Late Show. In 2014, Science magazine named him one of the world’s 50 most followed scientists on social media, and in 2017, he was ranked as one of the 50 Most Influential Psychologists in the World.

Dan’s TED talks have been viewed more than 20 million times, and his first TED talk remains one of the 15 most popular of all time.

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How to Do Precisely the Right Thing At All Possible Times

Floss daily, save for retirement, and don’t wear plaid pants before or after Labor Day. Most experts tell us what to decide but they don’t tell us how, and so the moment we face a novel decision—should I move to Cleveland or Anchorage? Become an architect or a pastry chef?—we’re lost. Is there any way to know how to do precisely the right thing at all possible times? In fact, science provides a simple method for making decisions. Although that method is easy to understand, most of us don’t apply it in our daily lives, and so we make a host of mistakes that we later regret. New research in psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics explains why.

Happiness: What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You

Most of us think we know what would make us happy and that our only problem is getting it. But research in psychology, economics, and neuroscience shows that people are not very good at predicting what will make them happy, how happy it will make them, and how long that happiness will last. Is the problem that we can’t really imagine what our futures will hold? Is the problem that our friends and family mislead us about the true sources of human happiness? Yes, and yes again. Professor Gilbert will explain why, when it comes to finding happiness, we can’t always trust our imaginations or our mothers.

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