Informed decisions and intentional actions
April 4, 2021•225 words
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In medicine and bioethics, there's a concept known as informed consent. It's where healthcare professionals communicate information to patients, and the patient patients should understand the function, benefits and risks of action plans before giving authorization to go ahead.
I feel that keeping this idea is important for life in general. To make informed decisions and be intentional with our actions.
In the modern era, for many of us, information is vast and readily accessible. Yet, we sometimes jump to conclusions or make sudden, erratic decisions before getting at least a good, reasonable understanding of something. We also often go on autopilot with our actions, letting the river of life take us wherever without so much as a paddle to guide your path.
Just sprinkling some research (from multiple reliable sources) and thinking (about what we really want to and should be doing) into our lives could help bring these benefits:
- Prevents ourselves from becoming overburdened
- Increases gratitude, and thereby our happiness (more on this in the future)
- Allows us to consider how we use our time, a limited resource
- Allows us to focus on important tasks in our life, once that advance our progress towards our goals
- Lets you rest guilt free
- Increases productivity and focus
- Helps us understand more about the world