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What makes us feel good about our work? - Dan Ariely

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What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work. (Filmed at TEDxRiodelaPlata.)

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Behavioral economics refers to the study of the effects of social, cognitive, and emotional factors on the economic decisions of individuals and institutions. Read more about behavioral economics and how it's different from traditional economics in the Library of Economics and Liberty, and watch this video explaining behavioral economics to get a better sense of the concept. In his weekly podcast, Arming the Donkeys, Dan Ariely chats with researchers in the social and natural sciences. You can also watch him explore different aspects of behavioral economics in numerous TED talks, including: "Beware conflicts of interest," "Are we in control of our own decisions" and "Why we think it's OK to cheat and steal (sometimes)." Dan Ariely talks about using the Sisyphic condition in his experiments - read the Greek myth of Sisyphus to understand the root of this term.

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