In the Ted Talk video, Dan Gilbert discusses with the audience about his discovery on people actually faking their happiness as well as why people do it. In his lecture he gave examples to the audience about a former musician, jail inmate, and politician that claimed that they were filled with happiness because of a certain event that happened to them. He points out the words that they used and claimed that they cannot possibly be happy after what happened to them. With the musician, for example, he was a former drummer of the Beatles. The drummer was left behind by his own group mates and since then he claimed that he is happier than ever and was happy to have been left behind by them.
Another example that Gilbert brought was his research on the level of happiness between someone who won the lottery and someone who was diagnosed and paraplegic. Most people would assume that the person who won the lottery would be happier than the paraplegic, but results show that each of them had an equal level of happiness. My reaction before the results were shown was that I thought the lottery winner would be less happy than the paraplegic because of the horror stories I have read about lottery winners. I was surprised to see that they have similar levels in happiness.
With the topic of ‘Synthetic Happiness’ I feel that many people have faked their own happiness for many reasons, including myself. Synthetic happiness occurs because we do not want to worry the people we love and we would want them to believe that everything is going alright with our lives. I believe that another reason that people fake their own happiness is so that they can they convince themselves that they are happy and not sad, angry, or any other emotion that they are feeling at that moment.