The Riddle of Experience vs Memory
Widely regarded as the world’s most influential living psychologist, Daniel Kahneman won the Nobel in Economics for his pioneering work in behavioral economics — exploring the irrational ways we make decisions about risk.
Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves” perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy — and our own self-awareness.
I have found that no matter my mood in the morning I am never tempted to skip my morning ablution. But I am often lured into not making my bed, especially when I am feeling down and out. So why is making my bed such a big deal? I have asked myself that question a number of times……. I don’t really know ……. what I do know is that when I make my bed the rest of my day goes better …. I have more energy …. I am more positive …. I can cope with the stresses of everyday life a great deal better.
I suppose it could be because making the bed is a step that’s quick and easy, yet makes a big difference….. everything looks neater ….. it’s easier to find my cell charger….. my bedroom is a more peaceful environment ….. and most importantly, for me, outer order contributes to inner calm…….. because my brain is always on overdrive, I get exhausted ….. knowing that I can control my action is a great relief and a great energy booster……. not to mention the great sleep I will have that night in a neat and clean bed ……..
Second, sticking to any resolution – no matter what it is – brings satisfaction. When I make a decision to change something and I stick to it, I feel strong…. able to conquer the world ….. because making my bed is one of the first things I do in the morning, I start the day feeling efficient, productive, and disciplined.
And that is happiness….
As Kevin Spacey says in Shrink, ‘Happiness is a word for a feeling – feelings are rarely understood in the moment’ and in that moment I don’t need to understand, I just feel happy …. which sets my mood for the rest of the day…. and you see it is easier to maintain a mood than to get into a new one ….. when I am happy I am releasing serotonin, the feel good hormone, which allows me to feel creative and strong…. and in that state nothing is impossible ….. I can conquer the world because I have conquered myself …… and all that because I spent five minutes in the morning to make my bed….
Do you know of a better return on investment? If you do I would love to hear from you……