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Aneesah Bakker

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When we think we have no options, can we change our perception? Does having options make us happier?

Like with "everything", so too there "is" a paradox of choice.

1. Are we happier when we think we have a choice?
2. What if circumstances are such that there "are" no choices, e.g. during the holocaust. Lessons learned indicate that perceiving a choice in such circumstances can create "happiness".
3. Can too much choice, create unhappiness?
4. Are there different types of choices?
5. Whose responsibility is it to change our perception?
6. In any given situation, would you try to change the circumstances before you try to change your perspective?
7. Can the economics of happiness be separated from the economics of things/consumerism?

A related ted talk on the Ted radio hour is the talk by Barry Schwartz: Does Having Options Make Us Happier:
http://www.npr.org/2012/05/04/151879693/does-having-options-make-us-happier

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  • May 8 2012: I think having options forces us to go through the process and make a decision. It forces us to think and really analyze what is best for us. We make mistakes, and some continue to continuously make mistakes and possibly never 'learn', however its a such a great intellectual challenge, a pursuit of happiness. Even if there are circumstances in which you are not given an option, you choose to decide how you feel, how you proceed, to fight, to continue to pursue what makes you right. For humanity, its important to allow for all choices, all options to be put forth. It determines our destiny, our growth. Options give us independence, and it is only the responsibility of the individual to change our perceptions, to learn, etc. In any given situation, I would learn about the topic, hear out anyone that has something to say, and then decide on what should happen; change my perspective, change the circumstances, do one first and perhaps change it later, etc. The economics of happiness can be separated from the economics of material (things/consumerism).

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