Por ejemplo, a bunch of college students were asked to predict how happy/unhappy they’d be if their team won the big game, and then a bunch of other college students were asked to describe an average day, and THEN predict how happy/unhappy they’d be if their team won the big game. The non-describers were way off, because they forgot to take into consideration the fact that they were going out drinking with pals after their team lost (thereby making them less unhappy than they’d predicted) or that they had a major chem final the day after their team won (thereby making them less happy etc.) whereas the describers were right-er and all this goes to show…something about how we examine future events in isolation, or some such.
And then there is tons of other science about how the brain works re: memories and filling in gaps in memories based on the present, and how the brain does a similar thing when projecting the future (i.e. makes its assumptions about the future based on how you feel now, which is why it’s hard to imagine EVER EATING AGAIN eight seconds after Thanskgiving) and how that skews our assumptions of what will make us happy.
And all of this sciencey hoodoo is wrapped up in a crust of hilariousment, like when Gilbert informs me that, though my brain is a very good organ, it is a very bad wizard. A VERY BAD WIZARD! Indeed, who knew. I…this is the part where getting wrapped up in a book screws the review-pooch, because I was so amused I forgot to make note of any clever jokes, and all I can remember is that wizard one (which I realize makes no sense out of context), but TRUST! You will be taught AND delighted! Philip Sidney would be proud.
SO! This is so much less a how-to and so much more of a how-does, but I figure that if you have a better understanding of how-does you can take a better stab at how-to.