The part our bodies play in decision-making - Deepstash
The part our bodies play in decision-making

The part our bodies play in decision-making

If we’re feeling hunger, thirst or sexual desire, that can actually spill over into the decision areas of our brains, making us feel more desire for big rewards when we make choices. 

This can lead us to make higher-risk choices and to want for more.

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To make better decisions:
  • Make your decisions in the morning;
  • Eat first: Keep your physical desires taken care of before big decisions.
  • Cut down your choices, right down to a tiny shortlist and you’ll have an easier time.
  • Open the windows: Keeping the CO2 levels low is really important.
  • Use a foreign language: Explain the situation to yourself and replying with your decision in a foreign language and see how differently you process that information.

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Default options

Deciding is too much effort so we’re likely to just stick with the default or safer option if it’s already been chosen for us. 

When we get offered too many choices, the same thing happens—we shut down, unable to decide. Often, we end up simply choosing anything, just to get the process over and done with.

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Best decision making happens in the morning

This is when serotonin is at it’s natural high, which helps to calm our brain. Thus, we feel less risk averse and so we can face risks and make harder choices.

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 Identify Your Goal

One of the most effective decision making strategies is to keep an eye on your goal.

This simply means identifying the purpose of your decision by asking yourself what exactly is the problem that needs to be solved? And why does this problem need to be solved?

Figuring out what's most important to you will help you make good decisions. When you know the reason why you have making a particular decision; it will better serve you in staying with it, and defending it.

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When you consider your decisions, are you motivated by desire or fear?

  • If you are motivated by desire, you will tend to see the positive in every situation. You are motivated by goals and rewards.
  • If you are motivated by fear, you are motivated by something negative, like consequences for not doing something.

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Solution? Spend less time trying to amass all the information and more time better defining the problem so you can find the right information.

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