Inc: Why Everyone Should Have a To-Don't List, According to This Harvard Professor

Walter McKenzie
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When you're trying to improve a situation, your first impulse is probably to think of what you can do more of to make things better. Psychologists say this impulse is hardwired into us. From our everyday perspective, it just feels like common sense. Not as healthy as you want to be? Add more vegetables or hours at the gym. Business not where you want it to be? Work longer hours. We spend too much time thinking about what to add to our lives and not enough thinking about what to subtract.

Harvard professor Arthur C. Brooks specializes in happiness research. He argues for the opposite approach. Instead of reflexively adding, we should focus more on subtraction.

Read the entire piece here, including 8 Ideas on what to include on your to-don't list.