Why You Should Let Your Friends Order Your Food

September 27, 2014 4:20 PM

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When Paul Dolan sits down at a restaurant, he doesn't touch the menu. The behavioral scientist lets his friends order his meals for him, neatly eliminating one decision from his day. It's an offbeat interpretation of the research on decision fatigue, the idea that the self-control it takes to make decisions is a finite resource, and the more decisions we make, the worse we get at making them.

Dolan figures, why not conserve that decision-making energy for the things that really matter? It's one of many unexpected happiness strategies Dolan outlines in his new book, Happiness by Design: Change What You Do, Not How You Think. Recently, Science of Us talked to Dolan via email about decision...

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