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>>Dr. Gilbert has illuminated a startling and fundamental mistake that both men and women make: >>they overestimate how future successes and failures will affect their happiness, for the better >>or worse.

This may be true, however this is human nature. People always exaggerate the good and the bad in experiences because they rely on memory to bring the experience back into light. As time passes this memory becomes more wishful thinking than actual events.

>>Not that people are easily disappointed by a promotion or apathetic about being fired. Rather, as >>Dr. Gilbert has found in charting his subjects' lives and reactions, "the good isn't as good, and >>the bad isn't as bad as we think it's going to be."

I agree.

>>A corollary finding is that a single big payoff - a fat raise, an Hermès Kelly bag, a hot cha cha >>date - affects people's essential happiness much less than a routine of small delights. And Dr. >>Gilbert, for one, is sold. He has found, for example, that one of the best things about being at >>Harvard is not the prestige of his position but that he can walk to work from his house in >>Cambridge.

No argument from me.

>>Much as you might embrace a chance to rebut the assertion that you would be happier with daily >>foot rubs for life than with $100 million, Dr. Gilbert, whose data is winningly compiled >>in "Stumbling On Happiness," due from Alfred A. Knopf in May, said his research clearly supported >>that message.

This research is laughable. Anyone who is psychologically capable to deal with having $100 million without guilt or embarrassment and utilize all the convenience and freedom it would bring into their life would never agree that foot rubs for life would make them happier. This is simple common sense as the foot rubs may be enjoyable, but with $100 million brings complete economic freedom, and total independence. There is nothing that can make you happier than freedom. That's why we all live in this great country.

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