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How to be OK with ‘good enough’

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Everyone wants the best, but you could be sacrificing your happiness if you never settle for what is “good enough.” When you want the best, you are prone to regretting decisions and comparing yourself with others.

“If you’re out to find the best possible job, no matter how good it is, if you have a bad day, you think there’s got to be something better out there,” says Barry Schwartz, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Shift your thinking with these tips:

Learn to be OK with what you have. Stop comparing what you have with what others have. Try to consciously change the way you view your situation, but if you still find yourself comparing, try a social media detox. This can cleanse your mind and help you find an appreciation for what you have.

Practice practicality. Just because something isn’t the best doesn’t make it a bad fit for you. Look at the criteria you need from something; if each specification is met, it’s good enough.

Ask someone else. Instead of contemplating what the best option is, ask a friend which they would pick and go with it. This way you don’t even have to think about which one is best.

— Adapted from “The Surprising Scientific Link Between Happiness And Decision Making,” Laura Vanderkam, Fast Company.

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