“The circumstances of our lives actually matter less to our happiness than the sense of control we feel over our lives.” says Rory Sutherland, advertising guru in this highly entertaining talk. “The power of reframing things cannot be overstated”.
“When you can’t smoke, if you stand and stare out of the window on your own, you’re an antisocial, friendless idiot. If you stand and stare out of the window on your own with a cigarette, you’re a philosopher.”
“Reality isn’t a particularly good guide to human happiness.” It all depends on how you view things, not on what they are. Many problems can be solved psychologically. We have the power to rebrand experiences. Choose your frame of reference. Reframe reality.
“The idea is actually pretty simple. Think about something you’ve always wanted to add to your life and try it for the next 30 days. It turns out, 30 days is just about the right amount of time to add a new habit or subtract a habit — like watching the news — from your life.”
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Maslow’s theory suggests that the most basic level of needs must be met before the individual will strongly desire (or focus motivation upon) the secondary or higher level needs. Maslow also coined the term Metamotivation to describe the motivation of people who go beyond the scope of the basic needs and strive for constant betterment.