Who can give you better advice on how to succeed than successful people? Well, if you’re smart, you’d also listen to people who failed so you know what pitfalls to avoid. And maybe back it up with some unbiased data.
If you need money, the natural inclination for most of us is to figure out how to earn more money. Writing for Scientific American, behavioural economist Dan Ariely, Kristen Berman and Wendy De La Rosa take a look at why that is and how that’s not always a good option.
One of the odd quirks about human psychology is how bad we are at predicting our own future emotional states. We think good news will make us dramatically happier and a catastrophe will drag us down indefinitely, but the truth is much more counter-intuitive.