How Satisficing: When "Good Enough" Is Better Than "The Best"
Can "good enough" really ever be good enough? Your answer to that question will determine which of the following two categories you typically fall under: Maximiser or Satisficer (and yes, it is spelt that way).
According to psychologist Barry Schwartz, a Maximiser wants the absolute best of everything. It has to be perfect, nothing less will do and all options must be exhausted before the holy-grail-of-whatever is finally found.
While this might seem admirable - and in certain situations, it is - a Satisficer is often the one who actually wins out in the end, according to research.
A Satisficer has a clear idea of what they are looking for but will happily settle for the first option that meets their requirements.
They make their decisions quicker (saving time), maintain higher levels of satisfaction with their choice, have fewer regrets and are less likely to compare themselves to others, leading to higher levels of happiness.