(Why We Do Not Get Happier)
There is some rationality in the way people decide things in their life.
People do try to make themselves better off, ubt it is not easy.
Advice givers think that there are simple ways to make life better. Are there?
not always. what seems to be an easy improvement, is many times a trap, not easy not improvement, or unrealistic.
Most advice we think is smart is practically foolish. There are so many circumstantial differences. So many othjer things people have to care for. So many taste differences.
On balance, many decisions people make are more rational than they seem to be. Many things that we (and grandma) think
I am very much of an advice giver free of charte. I love to throw good hearteed ideas into people how to improve their lives.
Slowly but surely, I learbed how much people can be smarter than they look.
How many things I thought are easy and simple to do, are much harder and not worth the trouble.
Poeple are already trying to make themselves better off. Any "better" advice should be viewed with suspicsion.
Not that people are always rational or that irratinality is a rare exception. Just that people are more rational that it seems, at times. And many seemingly smart advice is realistically useless and even irrational to follow.
More discussion in the comments of this post.
Next post will give some examples how decisions can be smart contrary to initial impression. Then, we will go on to other reasons for WWDNGH (Why We Do Not Get Happier)