In general, it turns out that happiness is fairly heritable, but there is of course more to it than that. Here we will talk about some basic nuances that will affect your happiness, and describe how the variability in your happiness is affected by external factors. Finally, trying to connect it to watches, the argument and variability is largely a function of the company you keep, and what you are exposed to most frequently.
In the last post I mentioned “self” and touched on psychological phenomena related to the self such as: everybody notices us, we are above average, and what we do make perfect sense.
Next we move on to attribution theory, which is a theory that explores how we make sense of ourselves and others, and then onto understanding how we think about other people, and what we actually like about other people.
A number of different random events led me to write this post. First, I saw a post on Instagram where someone was offering to introduce other watch collectors to their authorised dealer to help them land some ‘hard to get’ pieces; second, I posted a story about my friend who has been kidnapped in South Africa and received a lot of support and possible avenues to assist; finally, I am doing a course on Psychology (for fun) and this topic of kindness came up again – A few thoughts came to mind which I thought I would like to note down, since I find it fascinating why we might be inclined to be kind to one another (or not).
Some Friday wisdom. Opinions are like arseholes. Everyone has one… in the same way that you don’t go around worrying about everyone else’s arseholes… you ought to do the same with their opinions too.
Without the aforementioned deep-diving, the purchase of any watch is more transactional. This is why you should not simply “buy what you like”. This is common advice given to new collectors, and the problem with this advice, is the very nature of what you like, is likely a temporary conclusion.
We summarise the defining traits of the Homo Economicus, and contrast these traits with the watch collector
If we can concede that ‘hype’ is unpredictable, and that watch prices have no underlying rationale such as defined supply/demand constraints, then we must agree that buying watches for potential financial gain is simply speculation.
What about watchmaking then? Can you name any watchmaker(s) who come to mind when we think about Chutzpah? I’ll pick a few…
Musings on creativity, and the future of the market for independent watchmakers
How to Turn Yourself Into a Morning Person, Backed by Science… even if you’re convinced you’re a night owl, and hate waking up early.