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  • Kerry delivers her message in a quick fired, amusing way — telling you both the upsides and the downsides of life in the netherworld of the jobless. May 14, Kerry Quinn rated it it was amazing. Well, I'm the author so I'm partial.

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    But I think it's great! Jennifer rated it it was amazing Jun 13, Tomara Armstrong rated it it was amazing Dec 30, Allison Renner marked it as to-read Jan 13, Kristi marked it as to-read Apr 05, If you want an average outcome, follow the average path. Having kids or getting married or staying in the same place all their life does not make people any happier. God knows I've seen plenty of people who were bitter about any combination of those choices. If you want to actually live your life as a conscious being, stop looking at what other people are doing and decide what you want. It's scary and it's not for everyone.

    Everyone has a natural level of happiness that is extremely difficult to change permanently. The fact is some people just have an unhappier baseline than the rest, or a happier baseline. Circumstance will move you around your neutral happiness but over time you will always tend to go to that level. It's called the hedonistic treadmill.

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    The things that do affect your happiness in a big measureable way are whether or not you're poor. Being rich doesn't make you happier, but being poor absolutely makes you unhappier, so does being unhealthy and being lonely. If you're not poor, healthy, and have human companionship there doesn't exist any external goal that will actually make you happier long term.

    So take what simple pleasures you get, enjoy accomplishing any goals you want, but never think some different career or object or hobby will make you happier. It won't. I see this is true in today's world, but I don't think there's any evidence that this is a permanent state of affairs. I have a hope that there is a recipe for a permanent human elevation of mood that we just haven't unlocked yet.

    You can use a lot of drugs. It drastically lowers how long you feel permanently happy because you'll die quickly but it's definitely a real fix. Yea, but I'm thinking of something that increases the integral of happiness over lifetime.

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    Your solution doesn't quite get there. This is not proven and will not be proven any time soon. The hedonistic treadmill is trivial to dodge, but it does require resources. How do you dodge the hedonistic treadmill? With the important caveat that you must first be unsure whether to do each of those things. And have exhausted all the available rational guidance. And yet almost everyone around the world is depressed, unfulfilled, poor, and making too many babies.

    But you're in good company thinking that. Mark Manson? This should be how you treat new things. I like that blog post, it resonated with me and generally feels like sound life advice. But the problem I have with it is that this is essentially the life advice you'd get from a good friend after the 3rd beer in the pub, yet it's on Mark's website where he presents it as dating advice in a way that makes it sound like it's the truth and everybody should do it. I would've wished for at least one sentence where he declares "Fuck Yes or No" his own thought experiment or approach to dating.

    But I guess more cautious and less self confident writing doesn't make as much money. It is pretty widely held advice in investing, at least. Thanks — that was definitely what I saw, probably on HN. Switching costs are not sunk costs. Did I read this correctly that proposing caused an insanely strong 5 point reduction in happiness? And that having a kid was also quite negative? It sounds like the takeaway is that if you're on the fence about any of these issues, you should quit your job, break up with your romantic parter, don't have kids, don't get engaged, and start your own business?

    To me, it looks like the common thread through all of these is that happiness goes hand in hand with independence and freedom. But not taking the step may send you over a cliff some later time. You might be quite happy now, but without a family or maybe a business you might be lacking a sense of purpose later in life. So investing 5 points now, may set you on a path to long-term happiness.

    It's possible. This advice is reserved for people who have thought it over endlessly and have reached the end of what rational decision making can do. Probably they have considered a sense of purpose and had different thoughts on the matter. UncleEntity on Aug 26, Exactly how my life turned out and no one looks to me as a shining example of how one should achieve happiness in life Do you think you would have been any happier with your old job, kids, and spouse?

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    Presumably if you made the choice to give those up you thought it was a good idea at the time. Did you change your mind about that? Do you regret anything? I'm at crossroads relationshipwise myself. Another way to put it: A "so-so" job or relationship is worse than a terrible job, because a terrible job at least motivates you to look for something better. Whenever I ended a so-so job, project, or relationship, the result was always "I should have done that sooner," not "I shouldn't have done that.

    This header is just missing the "if you're making more than a year" condition. I also think that in real life, these decisions are not always about you alone. During my graduate career, I got close to quitting a life of hard lonely work and moving to SV to join the grind over there. Sounds like the thing they advocate right? Well I didn't, and now I can put PhD next to my name, I make a comfortable salary, and am the happiest I've ever been.

    In my early twenties, frustratingly surrounded by many hot girls, especially ones who showed interest in me, I considered breaking up with my girlfriend whom which I was in a long distance relationship, which added pressure at the time to experience more. I mean, I won't be 24 forever. Love is great, but experience is a part of life too, right?

    Well, I stuck with her.

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    I've traveled around the world with her and we're eventually planning for marriage once I can permanently move to be with her. I am the happiest I've ever been. BTW, finding out that staying in both cases would end up being the right decision took a while, it's really on looking back years later that I realize which decisions were right or wrong.

    One of the things I think I can actually attribute to wisdom that can come with age is this idea: you know only in the short term what you want, what you like to eat, what kind of hobbies you like, etc. You really don't, so second guessing yourself isn't something like "falling short" because the default should be super sure of what you want. It just means you're not sure. You don't know the counterfactual.