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It seemed appropriate to read How Pleasure Works:The New Science of Why We Like What We Like by Paul Bloom because it might have some insights into my current special interest in kindness. These two concepts have a some overlap in that the giving of a kindness will create pleasure both in the recipient and in the giver. I had hoped this book would be helpful because Paul Bloom has such a spectacular personal history, but I was a bit disappointed. The book is a pleasant read, but from beginning to end I was hoping for more solid useful information like was in last month’s wonderful book by Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow. Both of these men are top-level thinkers and both have a great deal to offer but, … How Pleasure Works was interesting reading but didn’t seem to add up to much. There was never a wow moment in the book when an idea seemed new, useful, powerful and applicable to my life.

A pleasant read but don’t expect much training for new-found ecstasies.