Perfection Is Unattainable: Aim for 80 Percent

Oct 10, 2022 Dr. Dimitriu was published in Psychology Today in an article titled:

Perfection Is Unattainable: Aim for 80 Percent

Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like.

Twenty percent reduced productivity oftentimes leads to 50 percent more happiness. And, of course, once a goal is achieved and confidence gained, one always has the opportunity to raise the bar. Some super-successful patients of mine have said their gardener or maintenance worker seems happier than they are. Indeed, setting—and achieving—smaller goals can cause the brain to release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes a person feel good—even happy, and boost one’s self-esteem. Higher self-esteem enhances overall mental health.

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