Daniel Gilbert

Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Best-Selling Author of Stumbling on Happiness & Host of the PBS television Series This Emotional Life

Speaker Fee Range: $50,000 - $100,000 USD

Travels From: USA

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    Daniel Gilbert

    Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Best-Selling Author of Stumbling on Happiness & Host of the PBS television Series This Emotional Life

    Speaker Fee Range: $50,000 - $100,000 USD

    Travels From: USA

    Daniel Gilbert is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

    Daniel Gilbert Speaker Biography

    Happiness speaker Daniel Gilbert is one of the world’s best experts on happiness and on errors in human decision-making. Proof of that are his popular TED talks, which have been viewed more than 20 million times. For instance, his first TED talk on “The Surprising Science of Happiness” remains one of the most popular of all time.

    He is the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, where his students have voted him one of “Harvard’s Favorite Professors” every year for more than a decade. Consequently, he has won numerous awards for his research and teaching like the 2018 William James Award for “a lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology.”

    Dan is also an acclaimed bestselling author. His popular book, Stumbling on Happiness, spent 6 months on the New York Times best seller list. The book has sold more than a million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 35 languages. Additionally, he hosted and co-wrote the award-winning PBS television series This Emotional Life. The series was seen by more than 10 million viewers in its first airing. Besides the PBS series, Dan also did television commercials for Prudential that helped Americans overcome the psychological obstacles to saving for retirement. The campaign has been one of the most successful in the history of the financial services industry.

    He is a contributor to Time, The New York Times, and NPR’s All Things Considered, and has been a guest on numerous television shows including The Today Show, Charlie Rose, 20/20, The Colbert Report, and The Late Show. In 2014, Science magazine named him one of the world’s 50 most followed scientists on social media, and in 2017, he was ranked as one of the 50 Most Influential Psychologists in the World.

    Unsurprisingly, Daniel Gilbert is one of the most sought-after happiness speakers for events and conferences around the globe.

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    Daniel Gilbert Keynote Topics

    Most of us think we know what would make us happy and that our only problem is getting it. But research in psychology, economics, and neuroscience shows that people are not very good at predicting what will make them happy, how happy it will make them, and how long that happiness will last. Is the problem that we can’t really imagine what our futures will hold? Is the problem that our friends and family mislead us about the true sources of human happiness? Yes, and yes again. Professor Gilbert will explain why, when it comes to finding happiness, we can’t always trust our imaginations or our mothers.

    Floss daily, save for retirement, and don’t wear plaid pants before or after Labor Day. Most experts tell us what to decide but they don’t tell us how, and so the moment we face a novel decision—should I move to Cleveland or Anchorage? Become an architect or a pastry chef?—we’re lost. Is there any way to know how to do precisely the right thing at all possible times? In fact, science provides a simple method for making decisions. Although that method is easy to understand, most of us don’t apply it in our daily lives, and so we make a host of mistakes that we later regret. New research in psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics explains why.

    Daniel Gilbert Speaking Videos

    Dan Gilbert - The Surprising Science of Happiness
    Daniel Gilbert – The Psychology of Your Future Self