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5 Common Beliefs that Can Subtly Screw You Over

Believing “More is better”

"More is better" is a trap we fall into even though most people understand that materialism and conspicuous consumption are really empty pursuits. We want to travel more, see more, do more, more friends, more options, more, more, more.

More options tend to make us more unhappy instead of happier. We have to focus on a handful of pursuits and people and focus on them passionately.

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