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too many choices

If you go to http://www.authentichappiness.org/ you may think it looks a bit like a new-age woo-woo cult. But it's not. It has Martin Seligman behind it. He's been a stellar researcher on mood, happiness, optimism, depression, and so on for decades.

Their latest newsletter transcribes a commencement address given by Barry Schwartz, the author of "The Paradox of Choice," to a Swarthmore College graduating class. His thesis is that "we" (by which he means well-off Westerners) have too many choices, and the way we handle this problem can make a huge difference in our contentment with life.

It's long, but well worth skimming.

http://www.authentichappiness.org/news/news9.html

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pyrzqxgl
Jul. 25th, 2004 11:52 am (UTC)
I have some friends who get "too many choices paralysis" when walking into the hardware store and so on, but as a vegetarian who is pretty much not a "one size fits all" person in any other way either, hell, there will *never* be too many choices on the menu for me. So the more the merrier! If you're of a mindset that enjoys these types of research and decision-making, then do it, and if you're of a mindset that doesn't enjoy it, then don't.
rmjwell
Jul. 25th, 2004 01:04 pm (UTC)
What a lovey article/address.

May I have your permission to reprint your introductory notes in my LJ? I want to link to it, and your preamble is quite useful for framing things.
firecat
Jul. 25th, 2004 01:21 pm (UTC)
sure!
dawnd
Jul. 25th, 2004 01:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. I suspect it will continue to be of contribution to my life.
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