I just finished The Paradox of Choice: Why more is Less by Barry Schwartz. It’s a very accessible discussion of how the plethora of choices and opportunities can bog us down and rob us of joy. The psychology of choosing is fraught with anxiety and regret, depending on our decision making style.
I bought the book for both myself and my brother (who just left after spending a week at my house — thus my lack of blog). We both research the heck out of major decisions, because, God Forbid, we wouldn’t want to choose an inferior product or pay more than necessary, or waste time (which I actually do a fair amount of, but I feel guilty about it so it’s okay).
Thus I come to my rather broad new year’s resolution: to think carefully about what is important to me, and let the rest fall away, without regret.
This idea is touched on by Justine Lee Musk on her website/blog. Do check it out.