Sometimes, choice isn’t such a good thing. Sometimes, in fact, it sucks.
That’s the central premise of the book The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz. While I don’t entirely agree with everything he says in this interesting tome, I do see his point on this one.
After all, I know what I like (usually). I know what my favorite foods are and what I will really want to wear when I’m looking through my closet in the morning (and it nearly always involves a sweater, by the way). So when suddenly I find myself out of my comfort zone (a new clothing store, say, or on vacation), and the number of options I have is suddenly drastically increased, it doesn’t always make me a happy camper.
Rosemary chicken is good, but most of the time, I just want to eat steak.
Interestingly, this phenomenon applies to music, too. Studies show that the more often you hear a song, the more you enjoy it. (I know what you’re thinking: that explains mainstream radio!)
So: my tip of the day: Screw variety.
Take the sure thing instead.
Not every time–but definitely in a restaurant.
It’s spirituality for the rest of us.
Eckhart Tolle is awesome. So are Byron Katie and all those Buddhist monks we hear about. Why, then, doesn’t their advice immediately solve all our most pressing spiritual problems?
Why are their results so difficult to replicate?
More Stuff to Read:
Some Spiritual Practices Actually Work. It’s Amazing.
There are hundreds of spiritual techniques for overcoming depression and increasing inner peace. Here, stories about the ones that actually work. (In some posts, I rate the practices on a scale of 1-10, too. Sort of like county fair pumpkins, but more spiritual.)
These Are the Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
Kids, here it is. Have at it.
- Spiritual-But-Not-Religious Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
- All Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
I’m a Partner, a Mom, a Friend, a Mom, a Sister, a Daughter, a Businessperson and a Mom. Here’s What Helps.
Don’t read this section. It’s nonsense, mostly.
- My Mostly Ridiculous Self-Improvement Journal
- 150 Life Hacks for Getting Suddenly Awesome
- Suddenly Awesome Miscellany (And, Let’s Be Real: Book Promos)