In this video Dan Gilbert talks about our psychological immune system and posits the idea that we can be happy even when we do not get the things we want. How can we be happy when our desires are not being filled? “Because happiness can be synthesized” Gilbert claims.
From buying a burger, to eating chips, to playing the lottery — Dan Gilbert examines the decision-making process and attempts to explain why we make bad choices. He speaks about the significance of Bernoulli’s equation to everyday life and posits that humans are not very adept at calculating “expected value.” Gilbert also highlights how our decisions can change when making comparisons with the past instead of with the possible, as well as how time impacts decision-making and satisfaction.