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Why Humans Are Like Goldfish

We humans are like goldfish. Our attention span can be measured in seconds. When we want something, we go after it every chance there is, until we finally get it. First, it’s the girl we try to impress. Once we’re in her head, we move on to our boss. Steady relationship, steady pay…What next? Our desire for novelty is universal. We are constantly out there to seek something new—a new gadget, a new car, a new house, a new friend, a new spouse—like new is synonymous to fun, as old is to boring.

Eventually we try to impress strangers, people we don’t know, people who mean little to us, people whose lives don’t affect ours. What we fail to realize is that we are just a little part of this unimaginably mammoth world and what we do doesn’t affect the world all that much. Heck, most people don’t even know or care that we exist. And that’s fine, because we have those few important ones who do—those close to us whose lives actually do affect ours.

The world would be a much happier place if we understood what it means to appreciate and continue to build on what we already have and focus our attention on those that matter instead of wasting our time and energy on impressing people we don’t even need to like.

Photo Credit: Steal This First Blog

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Stephanie is the founder and curator of Chléa Living, and copywriter for Chléa Consulting. A peanut butter lover and a sucker for big band music, Stephanie loves to bake, karaoke, and obsesses over making lists. Her biggest pet peeve is a messy space, which is why she loves cleaning and organizing. While she loves waking up in the morning to make a smoothie and meditate, her secret dream is to win an eating competition (shhh). Follow @stephaniejaya on Instagram for a daily dose of all things sunny, happy, and yummy!

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