Funk almost rhymes with stuck. Throw in an “n” and we’re cool. Funks are often a result of being stuck between choices and opportunities. We are blessed to have choices, But the opportunities themselves actually create stress and anxiety, especially for the introspective kind that are prone to depression. Saying no to one option is a kind of death. To prove that I’m not being melodramatic, I will cite Dan Ariely, professor of behavioral economics at MIT and author ofPredictably Irrational
, who says there is wisdom in closing a few doors, even if doing so feels counter-intuitive. He conducted a series of experiments where hundreds of students could not bear to let their options vanish. Dr. Ariely advises students and readers that by closing the door to options, we free ourselves from undue stress and burden. And sometimes just acknowledging the pressure and difficulty of that place of deciding and deliberating and weighing options can give us relief.