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Why Hard Decisions Should Be Easy (But Aren't)

Hard decisions are hard for two reasons: because no single option clearly dominates the alternatives, and because we expect our choice to have significant consequences, says blogger Tania Lombrozo.
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We make dozens of decisions on a daily basis: what to have for breakfast, which task to complete first, which article to read.

Most of these decisions are easy.

But then there are the hard decisions — the ones we agonize over, the ones that lead to sleepless nights. These decisions are hard for two reasons: because no single option clearly dominates the alternatives, and because we expect our choice to have significant consequences. It's these two elements that explain why hard decisions should be easy — but are not.

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