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  • More Money, More Success, More Stuff? Don’t Count on More Happiness

    What is the one thing that, if you could just get your hands on it, would make you much happier? Go ahead. Get out a piece of paper and write down the first thing that pops into your head.  Got it? O.K., now fess up. Who wrote something about a new car? How about a… Read more…

    More Money, More Success, More Stuff? Don’t Count on More Happiness
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  • The Incalculable Value of Finding a Job You Love

    Social scientists have been trying to identify the conditions most likely to promote satisfying human lives. Their findings give some important clues about choosing a career: Money matters, but as the economist Richard Easterlin and others have demonstrated, not always in the ways you may think.  Consider this thought experiment. Suppose you had to choose… Read more…

    The Incalculable Value of Finding a Job You Love
  • The Golden Age of Teaching Yourself Anything

    ……What’s Holding You Back? It’s neither intelligence nor technique that holds people back from being successful self-taught learners, says Bach. It’s insecurity. “Feelings of inadequacy stop curiosity,” he says. In Bach’s own field of competitive thinkers, he’s learned that “most people who have ambition have a terrible fear that although they’re good, they’re not good… Read more…

    The Golden Age of Teaching Yourself Anything

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More Money, More Success, More Stuff? Don’t Count on More Happiness

What is the one thing that, if you could just get your hands on it, would make you much happier?

Go ahead. Get out a piece of paper and write down the first thing that pops into your head. 

Got it?

O.K., now fess up. Who wrote something about a new car? How about a promotion? A bigger house? A raise? A yacht? But if you wrote down almost anything at all (except a wish for deeper and more long-lasting relationships), you’re probably wrong. 

It turns out that happiness doesn’t come from more money, more stuff or even big life events like getting a raise or landing that dream job. 

A study from the 1970s by Philip Brickman, Dan Coates and Ronnie Janoff-Bulman for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology even found that lottery winners took less satisfaction than nonlottery winners in everyday events, and in general, they were not any happier than those who didn’t win the lottery.

More here – The New York Times

PS: Carl Richards also authors the excellent Behaviour Gap blog

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The Incalculable Value of Finding a Job You Love

Social scientists have been trying to identify the conditions most likely to promote satisfying human lives. Their findings give some important clues about choosing a career: Money matters, but as the economist Richard Easterlin and others have demonstrated, not always in the ways you may think. 

Consider this thought experiment. Suppose you had to choose between two parallel worlds that were alike except that people in one had significantly higher incomes. If you occupied the same position in the income distribution in both — say, as a median earner — there would be compelling reasons for choosing the richer world. After all, societies with higher incomes tend also to enjoy cleaner air and water, better schools, less noisy environments, safer working conditions, longer life expectancy and many other obvious benefits. 

But context also matters. If you faced a choice between being a relatively low earner in a high-income society or being near the top in a society in which your income was lower in absolute terms, the answer would be less clear.

More here – The New York Times

PS : Depressingly I think this is a forlorn hope for many as either circumstances have conspired to stop them doing what they really want or the desire to find something they really loved was never fostered in them. Too often people do what they think they should be doing.

The Golden Age of Teaching Yourself Anything

……What’s Holding You Back?

It’s neither intelligence nor technique that holds people back from being successful self-taught learners, says Bach. It’s insecurity. “Feelings of inadequacy stop curiosity,” he says. In Bach’s own field of competitive thinkers, he’s learned that “most people who have ambition have a terrible fear that although they’re good, they’re not good enough or smart enough. It’s debilitating.” It ties back to the notion of cultivating a growth mindset; people with such a mindset don’t worry about how smart they are. What matters is their openness toward developing their skills and talents…..

More here – Psychology Today

The Illusion of Truth

This much I know: Daniel Kahneman

Happiness is complicated. There are two components. One is strongly genetic; the second is a question of how you feel at any moment. I am pretty content, but I had a very pessimistic mother, and I’ve always been known as a pessimist.

It was always assumed I would be a professor. I grew up thinking it.

There is a powerful idea that we should want to be richer. I went to a financial advisor in the States and said: “I don’t really want to get richer, but I would like to continue to live like I do.” She said: “I can’t work with you.”

Collaboration is not only more creative, it is more fun. Amos Tversky, my research partner, and I were better together than on our own. We sort of knew that. Mostly it was extremely pleasant not trying to work everything out yourself.

A sense of irony is essential. When we wrote our first paper, “The Law of Small Numbers”, we were laughing all the time we wrote it. A colleague we showed it to said: “This is going to change things.” I didn’t take him seriously.

Many people now say they knew a financial crisis was coming, but they didn’t really. After a crisis we tell ourselves we understand why it happened and maintain the illusion that the world is understandable. In fact, we should accept the world is incomprehensible much of the time.

More here – The Guardian

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