Happiness is a Bigger Ping-Pong Paddle

paddleDo you feel sometimes that life is coming at you too fast, like a bunch of speeding Ping-Pong balls? The solution: build a bigger paddle. So says Shawn Achor, former Harvard instructor and New York Times-bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage. 

Achor describes a fascinating study in which players of Pong—one of the earliest video games—were unknowingly given bigger or smaller paddles. Those with the larger paddles actually perceived the ball to be moving more slowly even though it wasn’t—so they felt more confident of success. The lesson Achor draws: Build a bigger paddle by gathering your resources—friends, education, information, and tools—and you’ll “slow down” life to your advantage.


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