Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Your Happiness Is Like a Rocking Chair

Definitely worth reading.  Should get Jim Davies’ book.

Your Happiness Is Like a Rocking Chair

Jim Davies | Mar 23, 2016 | Nautilus

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March 27, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, genes, psychology | , , , | Leave a comment

Achieving Optimal Happiness

Great advice based on science from Scientific American.

How to Be an Optimal Human

Science-informed suggestions to help you have greater health, growth, and happiness.

By Scott Barry Kaufman | February 7, 2016 | Scientific American


February 11, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, psychology | , , | Leave a comment

The Price of Happiness

After you have a certain amount, having more money doesn’t necessarily make you happier. Having more than your neighbour, on the other hand, does.
From Time magazine, Monday, Sep. 06, 2010:

Do We Need $75,000 a Year to Be Happy?

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November 15, 2010 Posted by | behaviour | , , , | Leave a comment

Which error causes more regret?

(I guess “just do it!” is the right approach….)

Excerpt from Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert – page 196/197:

“Which error causes more regret?

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September 11, 2008 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, psychology | , | Leave a comment

Predicting happiness

Article in Time magazine describes experiments done to show that when we try to predict our happiness with a future event, we usually get it wrong. Reason being is when we are predicting we are comparing to alternatives; however when we are experiencing it we are usually too preoccupied to compare and therefore manage to enjoy the event more than we thought. Important point to consider when making big decisions.

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008

Can You Predict Happiness?

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April 14, 2008 Posted by | behaviour, decision making | | Leave a comment

Is Our Happiness Preordained?

From Time magazine:

Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2008

Is Our Happiness Preordained?

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March 31, 2008 Posted by | behaviour, evolution, evolutionary psychology, psychology | , | Leave a comment