This book helps you make better life decisions
How would you like to live your 2021? This book, Predictably Irrational, will give you new perspectives to make better decisions. We’re rational enough to make good decisions when we’re calm. But we’re often irrational and forget everything that makes sense when we’re emotionally unstable. For example, I tend to eat junk food when I’m hungry, tired, or moody. I feel hungry writing this.
Try not to make critical decisions when you’re emotional
The author Dan Ariely did some psychology experiments to show that we’re prone to making the wrong decisions when gripped by intense emotion. Being mindful all the time and aware of your emotion may help. When you feel stressed out, stop making any critical decision and imagine Micky Mouse dancing and saying “I feel stressed out” in front of you. Before and during my bloody period, I’ll see Micky Mouse dancing and singing “I feel emotional” in front of me.
We’re happier when we stop comparing
The truth of human nature is that we just can’t help comparing. When choosing 2 similarly attractive options, we should have considered the decision an easy one, to save the bad consequences of not deciding. This is what I’ve learned from the book Predictably Irrational. In this case, no need to make an optimal decision! The simple answer is to randomly choose one by flipping a coin. Yes, as simple as that. Either choice is good anyway. Save the unnecessary comparison and enjoy right away!
When we buy less, we compare less. When we compare less, we’re definitely happier without decision fatigue. So, make fewer decisions if possible. The truth of relativity is that a decoy makes the target more attractive. Watch out for the decoy when you’re buying.
The 80/20 rule is to identify inputs that are the most productive and make them the priority. “What we need is to consciously start closing small doors because they draw energy and commitment away from the doors should be left open,” said Dan Ariely. The key question is “What’s your 20% to focus on for a happy life?”. It’s easier to make a better choice when we’ve identified what we value the most and the 20% that gives the results. For example:
|20%||– Health (healthy food, workout in nature, yoga and meditation)|
– Family & close friends
|80%||– Wealth (investment and jobs)|
– Growth (reading and doing new things)
Once you’re clear about what’s important to you, it’s easy to measure what matters and avoid other distractions that steal your attention. I was greedy and I tried having multiple goals but I ended up not achieving all of them. Multitasking is not for me. I prefer to be more focused on the 20% that matters now, keeping life simple and free! Not greedy anymore. But still feeling hungry.
31 thoughts on “PREDICTABLY IRRATIONAL”
Really – not making important decisions when emotional is a rule to live by! I’ve made such rash decisions when I’ve been down – argh! The books sounds like an interesting read.
Yes absolutely! This book made me rethink my behaviors. Good to see things from new perspectives. 😀
Peace and enlightenment are the highest scales on the level of consciousness mentioned in the book called the power versus force…
Nice recommendation. Thanks @ecohorizons!
Greetings from Wael . Could I ask you about your name ?
Hi Wael, I’m Helen 🙂
All the best …
Without the s ( because the verb is in the past )
A good idea in the book ( you summarized ) talking about have fulfillment and joy that is more important than achieving certain goals . Success is inseparable from fullfilment and inner peace …
haha thanks! I edited the typo. Thanks for your feedback! I love your point “Success is inseparable from fullfilment and inner peace”
A very interesting sounding book. The 1st I have actually heard of “decoy strategy”. But I see it in marketing all the time. 😀
nice book 🙂 give it a try
Oh my gosh this was so helpful. Thank you so much for posting. I really enjoyed reading this.
I’m glad that you like it and find it helpful 😀 ❤
I did. I really did. I can’t wait come back and visit again.
Glad to hear that! ❤ 😀
such great tips from a book, i appreciate this so much, i’m sure i’ll be able to learn loads from this 🙂
I’m glad that it helps! ❤ 😀
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Predictably Irrational sounds a good read – will check it out. Happy New Year 2021 and thanks for the book review.
My pleasure ThinkTalk 😀 thank you too! ❤ Have a happy and creative 2021！
I’m definitely buying this book. I have made critical decisions in the past and it cost me. Thank you for the heads up. 🙂
My pleasure @cheriewhite ❤
Yeah it’s good to stay away from complications!
Absolutely! Now I think having less options is happier 🙂
Very interesting. Lots of good in here
thank you @BINNZYtheWRITER
Making balanced decisions in life lead to prosperity and happiness. Nicely written blog.
Wonderful insights! Thank you for summing them up for us, I am helped without even reading the book!