Just something I came across in my newsfeed…
Stumbling on Happiness – Daniel Gilbert
“The author, as one of his main few points, argued that we are terrible at predicting what will make our future selves happy. He gave a whole bunch of good explanations for this, which I wouldn’t care to recycle even if I remembered them all. He said that people older than us, even if they aren’t all that much like us, are better predictors of what will make us happy than we are. I believe him (due to the many compelling arguments that I’ve now forgotten), and I think this is especially true the younger we are.
The moral of this is two-fold (I feel smart and cool saying “two-fold”):
1) Don’t trust your own judgements of what will make you happy 20 years from now.
2) Ask and put more weight into the advice of your elders. They know more than you think.”