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How can we be content in a world full of choice? –

Psychology, choice

A reader writes to us about contentment: how is it possible to feel content when we’re surrounded by so much choice?

We do live in a world in which we are constantly reminded of the gap between what we have and what we could have. This gap applies both to things we could acquire and to alternative paths we could choose. No wonder we’re dissatisfied.

How should we deal with the fact that there are so many good things out there that we could have but don’t? One way — if we embrace a Buddhist or Stoic perspective — is to realise that these things may not be that desirable after all. This is a demanding approach.

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