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Aug 21, 2019

Why are we sometimes less satisfied even though we have more? The peak-end rule can explain that!


[00:00] Introduction

[00:55] How can more pain be better?

[03:15] Quality of years, not quantity

[06:39] The order matters

[08:44] Why we sometimes are satisfied with less

[11:46] Vacation and happiness



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