As discussed in a previous tidbit, people are over-confident in their abilities for many reasons. Here's an example...
Dianne Tice and Roy Baumeister gave a bunch of college students a questionnaire in which the students answered questions about their work habits. In a class which she taught, Tice also assigned a paper with a deadline which she said could be extended and observed which students availed themselves of the option to extend.
Often someone who is bone-tired will lay down in bed and flip on the TV or his laptop thinking that it would be nice to relax for a few minutes before going to sleep.
One of the roles our government has taken on is to provide us with information to be used in making decisions.
People were shown a bunch of writing purporting to make various claims about facts about the world, then were asked later which facts they believed.
It takes roughly 500 gallons of water to produce a quarter pound hamburger, and in the process, approximately six pounds of greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere.
Studies with identical and non-identical twins show that between 50 and 80 percent of one's reported level of happiness is genetically determined.
Remember Dan White's "Twinkie defense" in 1979? Well it turns out that the the ability to convert food into glucose is correlated with the ability to control oneself.
There is a ton of evidence that people find a loss from whatever their reference point is more painful than they find pleasure in a gain of the same magnitude.