Harvard Professor of Psychology, Dan Gilbert said it best when paraphrasing a quote from the statesman Adam Smith from 1759.
“we should have preference, but when these preferences drive us too hard and too fast, because we’ve overrated the difference between the two futures, we are at risk…Longings and worries are both overblown because we can manufacture the very commodity we are chasing when we choose experience.”
They both are talking about Happiness, as “the very commodity we are chasing“.
When we attach our happiness to the future we really lose out because we CAN have the commodity of happiness NOW, without waiting for the experience to bring it!
Experience is only nice because we’ve gotten so used to, and so limited to, translating it through just five simple senses. But when you have the experience, it is NOT the sensory apparatus that has the happiness. It is only the…
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