Today, we have so many choices. Everything from electronics, toothpaste, cars, houses, healthcare and more- we have a plethora of options to wade through before we can make a decision.
Every day we wake up we have so many more decisions than we ever did before, as a result of all the choices we have.
According to TED Talk speaker Barry Schwartz, most people believe we should maximize individual freedom. The way to maximize freedom is to maximize choice.
Extensive choice has several negative effects:
It paralyzes decision making. With so many options to choose from, people find themselves confused and end up delaying decision making.
We end up less happy with any decision we do make. It becomes too easy to imagine that we could have chosen something better. The more options we have, the easier it is to regret the choices we make.
Escalated expectations result from having so many options. When you have only one variety, you have no other choice and nothing to compare to. When you have 100 varieties, you expect the one you chose to be marvelous and when it isn't, you're disappointed.
With all of these options, we do better and we end up feeling worse.
Schwartz's humorous motivational speech suggested, the key to happiness is lowering your expectations. With realistic expectations, it allows us to truly enjoy the decisions we make and the life we create. Instead of questioning our choices and neglecting the happiness in front of us.
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