First of all, if you do not follow the TEDTalks, you should. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in under 30 minutes. I watch a couple of these every week, and I usually learn something and sometimes have my perceptions challenged.
This particular talk by Dan Gilbert (author of Stumbling on Happiness) on the science of happiness was profound. The entire thing is just over 21 minutes long but it starts out slowly. If you jump to the 5-minute mark, he discusses “simulating happiness,” and this is where it gets interesting. In essence, you have more control over your happiness than you may think.
Here is the full clip: