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Understanding the importance of decision-making
Identifying biases that affect decision-making
Analyzing the potential outcomes of a decision
First, you can have any combination of happiness and unhappiness.
For example, you can be very happy and very unhappy at once (e.g. for people who are running stressful but autonomous projects)
Equally, you can feel not-at-all-happy but also not-at-all-unhappy. It's a strange kind of feeling, and very distinct from (say) "moderately happy and also slightly unhappy", or "very happy and also very unhappy (this is called anhedonia
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The common way to talk about happiness is as a single scale: unhappy at one end, neutral in the middle, happy at the other end.
That model is wrong.
Instead, happiness and unhappiness are two separate, independent scales.
A good life requires tackling each one separately.
If someone has a lot of unhappiness, they need to get rid of some negative influence in their life. If they don't have enough happiness, they need to add something positive to their life.
This dramatically changes how you deal with various life-problems. If someone (including yourself) is struggling with low well-being, it's important to ascertain which of two problems are happening:
Second, a lot of the best changes in your life can end up feeling weirdly neutral in the longer-term: they get rid of something really negative, but the lack-of-negative doesn't actually create a positive, and over time you forget what it was like to live with the negative every day. Removing unh...
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