What’s Better? Change or Status Quo

Steve Levitt, the co-author of Freakonomics cites a new study that indicates that just flipping a coin on big decisions makes people happier six months after a big life change.

That we would be better off if we did more quitting – like in our jobs.

That big life decisions like marriage and even whether to get a tattoo are better left up to chance.

Yes or no coin-flip choices were monitored at two months and again at six.

The coin flip subjects were largely happier they did it which begs the question, what is it really that makes people happy – throwing their lives open to fate or fighting to keep things the way they are?

Levitt says “A good rule of thumb in decision making is, whenever you cannot decide what you should do, choose the action that represents a change, rather than continuing the status quo.”

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