Stumbling on Happiness

This book opened my eyes to the role comparison plays in happiness. When we interpret information we firstly 1) Categorise and then 2) Compare. Our point of reference for this comparison hugely impacts our perception of this information and our resulting emotions:

  • A) Value is determined by the comparison of one thing with another.
  • B) There is more than one kind of comparison we can make in any given instance.
  • C) We may value something more highly when we make one kind of comparison than when we make a different kind of comparison.
The comparisons we make have a profound impact on our feelings, and when we fail to recognize that the comparisons we are making today are not the comparisons we will make tomorrow, we predictably underestimate how differently we will feel in the future.


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