The single biggest thing you can do to improve the quality of your life is to improve the quality of your decisions. This is something that I knew going into reading this book but how true it was and how bad I was at it became shockingly clear. This is one of those few books that will literally change my life (in this case, by changing my process for making decisions and subsequently the amount of happiness I'm able to experience once I've made them)
I found the ideas presented in this book fascinating and exactly relevant to several situations I had recently faced. Hearing the psychology and social factors affecting our perceptions of choice and happiness really helped me put things in perspective. Many of the ideas may have seemed repetitive due to the subtle nuances between them, but I enjoyed the thought exercise of listening to this.
The distinction between choices and attitudes that delight and empower and the choices that detract from overall quality of life.
There were plenty of examples, which I always like.
The idea that good enough was actually in many ways the optimal option!
Many people seem to have commented negatively about the narration style, but I found it just fine! Of course, there were a few odd pauses and pronunciations of certain words that I wouldn't have used, but such is life - overall, very clear and engaging.
A bit outdated, and a bit too Andy Rooney. Another reviewer somewhere said the shortcomings of this book are the result of an academic writing books for the masses, and I have to say I agree with that statement. I LIKE academic stuff, but this book is mostly stuff you already knew. And the man reading sounds condescending, and a little like Stewie Griffin. His inflection is far too repetitive and his pronunciation of some words actually irked me as time went on.
Good book... Good for people in new car sales.... Especially if you cars have a lot of options.... Can help you diagnose what type of decision maker you are working with
I never would have imagined that I was so strongly impacted by the theory of this book. The number of examples provided, however, almost became unbearable. This would have been a stronger read had theory been applied by the author using fewer pages. I also found the narrator to have a sharp voice that added to the difficulty of seeing my way through the entire book. Ultimately, I did learn a lot from this book.There is something to be said for good enough sometimes.
The narrator seemed to approach this book like he was reading Charles Dickens. Not really appropriate here. After watching the TED talk by Barry Schwartz it is difficult to listen to this narrator.