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Aug 28, 2019

How can valuing things in our future make us happier?


[01:06] What is temporal discounting?

[03:33] Those that discount the future and those that do not

[06:00] Happiness and temporal discounting

[09:07] Expecting something negative

[11:30] So what can we do to stop discounting the future?



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