Don’t sweat the petty things, and don’t pet the sweaty things. – George Carlin
Do you ever catch yourself getting really annoyed by things that don’t matter at all? I do. It happens literally almost every day. Some jerk who doesn’t know how to drive, or spilling a sauce on my shirt, or not being able to open the pickle jar (“just like in those commercials, honey!”). There are always a bunch of small inconveniences just waiting to get under your skin if you let them. But that’s not what I want to talk about in this post.
Not sweating petty things also means that you shouldn’t make every decision an excruciating process. Some decisions really don’t matter at all, but we still agonize over what is the ‘best’ decision. In fact, there has been some research in recent years that suggests that having too many choices makes it harder to be happy with the choice you end up making. For more on this, you can watch psychologist Barry Schwartz’s TED talk. But in case you don’t want to spend 20 minutes watching it, I’m going to give you the Cliff Notes (there’s also a good article about this stuff over at Raptitude).