HAPPINESS MAY NOT BE WHAT YOU THINK
Thursday July 13, 2017
Making better decisions is important.
Can you handle some change in your thinking?
I’ve been reading/thinking about happiness vs. well-being – thinking about living life and about being happy living life.
Are we happy doing what we are doing, happy with our well-being?
I’ve been struggling with Daniel Kahneman’s book ‘Thinking Fast And Slow’ for a couple of years now. Kahneman and his late collaborator Amos Tversky are widely recognizes as the inventor of behavioural economics.
I’ve had trouble grasping it. He and his colleague Tversky were behind the thinking/science that brought us stories we’ve seen depicted in movies ‘The Big Short’ and ‘Moneyball’ and, Kahneman landed a Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002 (no small feat for psychologists). I picked up a book, essentially a biography of Kahneman and Tversky called ‘The Undoing Project’ by Michael Lewis (he wrote The Big Short and Moneyball) to help me drill down into this important and deep thinking. I’m having an ‘easier read’ of this one and getting a better sense of who Kanhneman is and about his relationship with the late Amos Tversky worked. And then something occurred to me the other day, to search for something online. I found several interesting pieces, but the one I want to pass along, the one I enjoyed/got the most out of is a TED Talk by Kahneman – well worth your time … ‘The riddle of experience vs. memory’ you’ll find 20 minutes well spent – expect your thinking about happiness to change.
Thinking faster, and slower – it seems less foggy now.
P.S.: if you liked that TED Talk, check out Kahneman interviewed by Charlie Rose