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Making Decisions: An Insider's Look at How To Make Better Life Choices

Making Better Decisions

We have more decisions to make than ever before. Careers, friendships, health, and finances all demand making good choices. But experts agree that unconscious biases skew our perception. This distortion creates blind spots on our options. The better you understand these blind spots, the better you’ll be able to steer around these mental obstacles to make wiser life choices.

No one wants to look back on their life and wonder if they could have done better. Making decisions we can be proud of is what we want in order to build the best life possible. Here we’ll show you how to leverage effective decision making to make better life choices that meet your goals and maximize your strengths.

On this page you’ll discover articles on breaking down the biases and behaviors standing in your way. Start making decisions that improve your health, better your relationships, and support the career you truly want. Find everything from simple hacks, new habits, and the latest findings to the most scientifically verified research. This section will cue you in to life’s secrets that most people are still missing out on.

Top Articles on Decision Making

Fundamental Attribution Error: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

Fundamental Attribution Error: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

Nir’s Note: This post part of a series on cognitive bias co-authored by Nir Eyal and illustrated by Lakshmi Mani. Discover other reasons you make terrible life choices like confirmation bias, hyperbolic discounting and distinction bias.There I was, sitting in a packed...

Peak-End Rule: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

Nir’s Note: This post part of a series on cognitive bias co-authored with and illustrated by Lakshmi Mani. Discover other reasons you make terrible life choices like confirmation bias, hyperbolic discounting and distinction bias.It’s New Year’s Eve. There I am on the...

Distinction Bias: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

Nir’s Note: This post part of a series on cognitive bias co-authored with and illustrated by Lakshmi Mani. Discover other reasons you make terrible life choices like confirmation bias and hyperbolic discounting. There I was, looking at an enormous wall of television...

Confirmation Bias: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

Nir's Note: This post is co-authored with and illustrated by Lakshmi Mani, a product designer working in San Francisco.You walk into your first yoga class. You’re a little insecure about your weight and how your yoga clothes cling to your body revealing every flaw....

Hyperbolic Discounting: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices

Nir's Note: This guest post is written and illustrated by Lakshmi Mani, a product designer working in San Francisco.Have you ever had a mounting pile of work you know you need to do but for some reason didn't? There’s an important deadline looming, your boss is...

The Strange Way Being “Good” Hurts Your Willpower

The Strange Way Being “Good” Hurts Your Willpower

Nir’s Note: This guest post is by Paulette Perhach. Paulette writes about finances, psychology, technology, travel, and better living for the likes of The New York Times, Elle, and Slate. I learned how to respect authority from my father. At the top of a huge water...

This Weird Research-Backed Goal Setting Hack Actually Works

This Weird Research-Backed Goal Setting Hack Actually Works

Nir's Note: This article on goal setting was originally published in early 2016 but got such a great reader response that I decided to expand and update it along with adding the video below. Let me know what you think in the comments.Over the past four years, I’ve...

Everything Is Obvious (Once You Know The Answer) Book Review

Here's the Gist: Duncan Watts is a sociologist and principal researcher at Microsoft Research. His latest book is Everything Is Obvious (Once You Know the Answer): How Common Sense Fails Us. Personal preference, though not entirely arbitrary, is likely constructed and...

3 Ways to Make Better Decisions Using “The Power of Noticing”

Nir’s Note: This book review is by Sam McNerney. Sam writes about cognitive psychology, business, and philosophy.In Moneyball, Michael Lewis tells the story of Billy Bean, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics who transformed the A’s using sabermetrics, the...

The Power of No

Nir's Note: Is "no" the most powerful word in the English language? In this guest post Chikodi Chima explores the power of no and what happens when people say, "No." Chikodi is a former VentureBeat staff reporter who helps startups with their public relations and...

Think You Like What You Like? Think Again

A funny thing happens when you lie to people: they tend to believe. Why shouldn’t they? They lie to themselves all the time. Our minds are wired to respond in predictable ways--among them is perceiving the world the way we want to see it, not necessarily the way it...

Why Positive Thinking is Bad For You

Oliver Burkeman's new book,  The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking, challenges many widely-held assumptions. In this video, Burkeman discusses how positivity, goal setting, and visualization, often backfire. Burkeman writes the This...

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