What Does Happiness Mean When Filling In The Forgotten Chapter Summaries

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Summary/Arrangement of the Book:
Part 1:
Chapter 1: Young people think of things and events the way they are, then he explains as people get older they think of alternate things, possibilities, and events, not the way they are anymore. 12% of human thoughts are on the future. People like to think about a good future and they go to great lengths construct the best future they can for themselves to minimize the possibility of a bad future.

Part 2:
Chapter 2: Happiness means different things to each individual person and happiness can be indicated to three things: emotional, moral, and judgemental. Emotional happiness is the feeling. Judgemental happiness is a view a person has and it does not mean he is feeling happiness, it just means that
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People's minds think about unknown details about the future and those details are made for a outcome that they want rather what will happen and when the future that people make up comes they are not as happy as they thought they would be because of the unknown details they failed to think of.

Chapter 5: When thinking about the distant future, people sometimes fail to make up details that may lead them to an unwanted outcome. The near future is more easier to think of and less likely to get an unwanted outcome. Part 4:
Chapter 6: When filling in the forgotten parts of our memory people use what they are feeling right when they are trying to remember to fill in the forgotten parts of their memory. When people cannot feel any emotion they cannot predict how they will feel in the future.

Chapter 7: Variety in a person’s life makes them unhappy. Comparisons impact a person’s feelings. When the comparisons people make differ from the original comparison they make daily, people underdetermine how they will feel later on.

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The examples he gives are funny, but true.
The author has a comical tone. He funny comments in sentences. Even with these comments the focus of the book is never confused with something else.
The book’s appearance is easy on the eyes. The font is easy to read and simple. It is not too much for the eyes, not too complicated.

Outside Sources:
Gilbert uses outside sources when supporting a claim he makes about the way people think and their happiness. The sources are graphs, optical illusions, experiments, and data. The authors sources make him look more knowledgeable and further supports his claims.

Personal response:
The book is intriguing, I really like the human mind and who people think. The book explains what the human mind does when thinking about the future and happiness. I really like that the book shows graphs and experiments. I like all the evidence he presents. I also enjoy the comments he puts in his sentences. The book overall was very enjoyable and I believe it should stay on the list and be a Mahady five star recommendation because the book is easy to read and very enjoyable, anyone can enjoy reading this

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