Celebrating Small Victories

Slot machines are calibrated to celebrate small wins, while glossing over the small loses. If you have ever spent any time in a casino, you’ll understand what I mean. A buck or two added to the “credit pot” will unleash a whole series of music and bells, while a forfeiture of that same amount results in silence. Of course, there is a psychology to this, based on research into how the human mind reacts to taking chances. And while I don’t gamble (I shop: it’s a sure thing), there is a lesson to be learned here. Our human brain seems to be programmed to think in an opposite way. We often tend to focus on our missteps and stumbles as we make our way down the road of life, seeing them as major e

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