Why "Tomorrow" Sucks

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Oftentimes, we tell ourselves that tomorrow will be a better day. In the meantime, we waste our days like we have a millions years left on this planet. Instead of making the most of it, we procrastine by doing stuff that kills our energy, our time, and our morale. "But tomorrow, I'll do better," we always say. But then tomorrow comes, and we say the same thing. Says Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer:

When "Tomorrow" Rocks

It is fine to want tomorrow to be good and to expect that it will be. When this is what we mean by hope, there is no problem.

When "Tomorrow" Sucks

All too often, however, people offer words of hope when we are feeling bad to help us accept those feelings. In my view, we should not passively give up today.

...and why it sucks

Such giving up follows from the belief that events themselves are good or bad, rather than that our views make them good or bad.
The moral?

"Live today like it's your last" ain't just a clich -- .


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Posted on September 17

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