Sunday, April 01, 2007

Happiness and choices in life

Often we come across choices when it comes to make decision. Sometimes we consider ourselves to be lucky when we have multiple options before making a choice. The choice could be either of a job, your TV show, your choice of MP3 player or even a life partner.

Sometimes I remember the good old days when we use to have those old magnetic tapes and we relished each and every song in the tape. Today with MP3 disks we have the choice of 125 songs to choose in a disk and we often end up forwarding most of the songs without enjoying any. So with more choices we have become more choosy and particular about our decision making. The same applies to consumer durables,cars,bikes,even hair style or something as small as a sachet of a shampoo ,we often end up analyzing our choice.

Wonder if we have become better in making decisions about out lives and are happy with the choices we are making. So with multiple news channels and radio stations around are we enjoying the life as much as we used to do when we had limited choices?
May be as individuals we condition our mind to be content with the reality when we have limited options or choices. May be happiness lies in understanding the reality that we need not have the best of everything in life to be happy and sometimes the best choice may not give you what you may need to make you happy.


Barry Schwartz is a sociology professor at Swarthmore College and author of The Paradox of Choice. In this talk, he persuasively explains how and why the abundance of choice in modern society is actually making us miserable.

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