1. Money Can’t Buy Happiness
THE FLAW: Yes, it can. Permanent happiness is fleeting no matter what your bank account looks like, but research shows that money does, in fact, give you short-term bursts of joy – if you spend wisely.
Experiences such as concerts or holidays have been shown to bring greater happiness than purchasing stuff.
People who spend money on others are also measurably happier than those who treat themselves.
So do yourself a favour: buy happiness for someone else.
2. Low Man on the Totem Pole
THE FLAW: The low man is often the most admired.
Vertical order on totem poles rarely denotes importance.
One thing the ‘low man’ almost always earns, though, is love from the carver and hence the viewer.
‘Most carvers begin from the bottom of the pole, moving to the top,’ writes Pat Kramer, author of Totem Poles. ‘Bottom figures are detailed because observers see these figures close up.’
3. Pick the Low-Hanging Fruit First
THE FLAW: Lower fruit is often the last to ripen.
‘Fruit that is high up, exposed to the sun, ripens the fastest,’ says Gennaro Fazio, a plant breeder and geneticist for the USDA’s Agricultural Resource Service.
‘You want to pick the low-hanging fruit last, so it has more time to develop,’ he said.
What’s more, starting at the top makes the job easier, says apple-picking veteran Henry Rueda. When pickers harvest from top to bottom, the sacks of fruit they carry around their necks and shoulders grow heavier as they move downwards, working with gravity, not against it.