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How We Think About The Future

How We Think About The Future

  • Thinking about the future is pleasurable and sometimes we’d rather just think about it than get there. Some events are more pleasurable to imagine than to experience.
  • We like to daydream because the mere dream itself can be a joy.
  • The main reason why our brains simulate the future is so that we can control the experiences that we have. 
  • Our brain makes predictions incredibly quickly and about nearly everything in life. When our experiences don't match what our brain expects, we feel surprised.

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