Positivity Is Overrated: How Negative Thinking Can Make Us Happier

As Annie Duke explains in her book How to Decide, your life is largely determined by two things: the quality of your decisions and the luck that you get. At times in your life, you might make great decisions but be plagued with bad luck that leads to bad outcomes. No matter how hard you try, you can’t control your luck. People who think about everything that can go wrong before they embark upon an endeavor are more likely to both make better decisions and adjust to new scenarios when circumstances change.

Embrace thinking about the worst possible outcomes to create the best ones.

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