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January 07, 2010



Andre is exactly right on the "wins" comment: A win doesn’t feel as good as a loss feels bad, and good feeling doesn’t last as long as the bad." Back when I won a few bike races or tri's, I was never super happy when winning: my thoughts were well, I got lucky stronger competitors weren't there or this is just a mom & pop event that doesn't count. The only way I think I would be happy with a win is if was the whole Tour de France or something... Never satisfied.

Now, when I lost I could bitch for days...


This is in line with the idea that we have a "happiness set-point" that we eventually return to no matter what happens to us. Ie, most lottery winners are back to "normal" after about a year.


Makes a person proud to be an underachiever.

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