"I don’t like emotions… For some reason I’m more comfortable in imaginary circumstances." – Actor William H. Macy
One of our primary tools as a creative person is imagination. But in his book "Stumbling on Happiness" Harvard psychology professor Daniel Gilbert proposes that imagination may directly impact our sense of happiness in limiting or distorting ways.
Meghan Daum writes in her column "Goodbye to you, Mr. Smiley" [Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2006] that the book suggests "happiness is largely an anticipatory experience… we spend much of our time not so much experiencing pleasure as thinking about future pleasure and taking steps to ensure its attainment."