There’s a well known psychological experiment that’s often cited in books about delayed gratification. The experiment offered children a choice of eating a marshmallow now or waiting and receiving double the reward later.
I don’t know about you but sometimes I like it when decisions are made for me, or when there’s only one choice: a Hobson’s choice. It prevents over-analysis and regret. It means change versus never-ending pondering.
Based on many measures this is the best time in human history to be alive. So why do so many of us not feel grateful?
As with “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, the general sentiment of doing one thing everyday that scares you is a good one. But it’s worth defining what “scare” means.
It’s one of my favourite quotes from Tyler Durden in Fight Club. We know it’s true. But just like a drug we find it hard to stop.
Translated from a latin proverb around 200 BCE, as sayings go, “Fortune favours the brave” is one of the most popular in human history.
Life is full of fake people; you, me and everyone else. Not only is life full of fake people, the world is faker than it’s ever been before.
The more you experience something the less appealing it becomes. It just becomes normal. I’ve never flown in a private jet before but if it was a regular occurrence then over time it wouldn’t be particularly interesting.
What I like about the quote “We won’t be distracted by comparison if we are captivated by purpose” is that it tells us what to do.
The saying “ignorance is bliss” originated in 1768 from the English poet Thomas Gray. The meaning was never to say that being stupid makes you happier, but instead, less information is blissful.