My Life Is Awesome, so Why Can't I Enjoy It?

 

If we understand our dumb minds, we can do stuff to thwart hedonic adaptation.

Laurie Santos Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman College, Comparative Cogn...
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My Life Is Awesome, so Why Can't I Enjoy It?

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Despite decades of economic growth, the population as a whole — and surprisingly — is slightly less happy. On paper, many have lives that appear awesome, but they're just not feeling it. Even those with great material and financial affluence are not as psychologically well-off as they could be. Laurie Santos, professor of psychology and teacher of Yale's most popular class ever, will explore this paradox. She'll argue that our brains have several dumb features that tend to get in the way of our well-being. On the upside, Santos says there are a series of simple mental hacks that everyone can implement to fight these biases and feel happier.

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