Caption: Cats are the key to happiness, but if you’re allergic or something, try developing a positivity bias.1
Negative events are almost universally more interesting to us than positive ones.
The other day I saw a murder case TV special about a psychopath killing a nice woman. Ugh. After it was over, I felt angry and sad and wondered, “Why did I just watch that? What benefit did that provide me?” And then I wondered why murder-centric stories—fiction and nonfiction—were so popular on TV.
Why do I never see any TV specials about a happy family that has had dinner together for 20 years?
We think a happy and conflict-free scenario is too boring to watch, but something as terrible as murder is fascinating. Why? WHY?! [Continue Reading…]