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PINKCAST 3.02: This is how to dramatically boost your sense of gratitude.
One way I make sense of the world is to think about which things we overvalue (examples: superficial confidence, group projects, cilantro) and which we undervalue (ex: genuine humility, independent work, Sriracha).
Over time, I’ve realized that we typically overvalue addition and undervalue subtraction. Our instinct too often is to put stuff in rather than take stuff out.
This edition’s Pinkcast — an encore presentation of one of our most popular videos — explains how to apply this idea to your emotional well-being.
You can watch the 102-second installment, including a scene-stealing cameo, by clicking the image below.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING:
- For more on the principle of mental subtraction of positive events, check out this fascinating paper from The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology — “It’s a Wonderful Life: Mentally Subtracting Positive Events Improves People’s Affective States, Contrary to Their Affective Forecasts.”
- Greater Good has a useful step-by-step guide to the practice.
REGRETS: Do winners ever quit?
For the last year, I’ve been operating the World Regret Survey, a massive effort to gather and catalog human regrets. So far, we’ve collected more than 16,000 regrets from 105 countries.
In each issue of this newsletter, I’ve been sharing a few regrets on a common theme. In honor of fall and the return to the gridiron, today I offer a pair of regrets about . . . football.
“Sounds silly, but I quit the football team in high school, and for many years that act of quitting was always in the back of my mind when I look on new responsibilities.”– Male, 47, North Carolina
“I played football in high school but I sucked. I was skinny and didn’t have a mean bone in my body. I played because all my friends played and my Dad expected me to play. To this day, I regret not quitting football and trying cross country. I think I would have been much better and definitely had more fun!”
– Male, 51, Illinois
RECOMMENDED: A cool way to measure your creativity
A team of American, Australian, and Canadian psychologists has designed a new and fascinating technique for measuring creativity.
It’s called the Divergent Association Task (DAT). And its methodology is so simple I can describe it in a sentence:
Ask people to come up with 10 nouns that are as different from each other as possible.
You can give it whirl — and assess your own creativity in just 4 minutes — on the researchers’ web site.
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