We’re being programmed to go for the gold, even if it’s not in our best health interests. Scott Adams’ Moist Robot Hypothesis in action.
Your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. Noise interrupts your focus, increases your fatigue, and reduces your patience.
“…[T]he narrative self which is dominant in most people tells a story of decline… And most people’s happiness depends on their expectations, not their conditions.” Yes, our expectations are based on the scripts we tell ourselves, and the cognitive dissonance of those stories vs. reality. Scott Adams’ Moist Robot Hypothesis in action, again.
Confirmation bias plays a big role.
This is like the movie Memento, but in a more positive light.