How to want what you’ve got in a world of infinite choice


“Choose things that are good enough, and do not worry about whether they’re the best.”

Psychologist Barry Schwartz is best known for his immensely popular TED Talk and his book The Paradox of Choice. He recently joined Ryan Hawk, host of The Learning Leader Show, to discuss what having too much of a good thing means for us, and how to stay engaged in an ever-changing, digitized world.

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The untold story behind abortion drug RU-486

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A new report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reveals a listing of “adverse events” regarding use of mifepristone (RU-486). According to the data, 14 women have died using the abortion drug and 2,207 American women have sustained injuries. Approx 1.5 million women have taken the drug so far.

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Pantone Color of the Year 2010: Turquoise

Pantone, the company which business is to know everything there is to know about colors, has just unveiled Color of the Year for 2010 (drumroll, please): turquoise!

“Turquoise is universally appealing. It puts everyone in the same state of mind — on vacation,” says Jane Schoenborn, design director at Lilly Pulitzer. “Turquoise for us is a really big color. A lot of times it’s transporting, whether you’re actually going to a resort destination or not.”

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says there was no runner-up to turquoise in her mind because people crave escapism and freshness after a tough year. The shade is on the cusp of blue and green, which makes it both inviting and serene — characteristics associated with blues — and invigorating and luminous, which comes from green, she says.

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Anti Energy Drinks

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Wake me when it’s over….

As a gimmicky antidote to “energy drinks,” several companies are selling calming beverages in a can. (No, not beer.) DailyFinance recently surveyed the choices:

Promising a “vacation in a bottle” or an “acupuncture session in every can,” makers of anti-energy drinks, as they’re known, say that after bailouts, foreclosures and Ponzi schemes, Americans nowadays would rather chill out than tweak out…

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Choice is Bad, Choice is Good, Choice is Exhausting

 Choice is Bad, Choice is Good, Choice is Exhausting

Too many choices are mentally exhausting

Each day, we are bombarded with options — at the local coffee shop, at work, in stores or on the TV at home. Do you want a double-shot soy latte, a caramel macchiato or simply a tall house coffee for your morning pick-me-up” Having choices is typically thought of as a good thing. Maybe not, say researchers who found we are more fatigued and less productive when faced with a plethora of choices.

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Euthanasia Means No Repeat Customers

 Euthanasia Means No Repeat Customers

Terminally-ill patients in the Netherlands increasingly receive drugs to render them unconscious until death, according to a study that suggests people are substituting deep sedation for legal euthanasia.

The researchers found that 1,800 people — 7.1 percent of all deaths in the Netherlands in 2005 — were drugged into so-called continuous deep sedation shortly before dying. This compares with 5.6 percent of cases in 2001.

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