Can You Really Predict What Will Make You Happy? | TIME
Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
The order of importance looks more like this:
1) Better health
2) More time with friends
3) More time with family
4) More traveling
5) Earning double what I do now
Looking at Daniel Gilbert’s Stumbling on Happiness my main takeaway was this:
Much of our unhappiness springs from the fact that we’re terrible at accurately remembering how things made us feel in the past, so we make bad choices regarding the future.
In Gilbert’s own words (and backed up by many studies):
We overestimate how happy we will be on our birthdays, we underestimate how happy we will be on Monday mornings, and we make these mundane but erroneous predictions again and again, despite their regular disconfirmation.
Do you dread going to work, going to the gym or to that family gathering? How do you really feel when you finally get there or after? It’s often very different from your prediction. Some things that look like an enormous chore to do in the future are actually very fulfilling in the moment and afterward… like, oh, blogging.