[Principle of Least Effort] - The behavior of humans follows the path of least resistance
Humans operate on the Principle of Least Effort: given several paths, we will pick the easiest. This one single primarily principle of any human actions, animal, or even an intelligent machine, whether it is in verbal communication or in searching for something, is the expenditure of the least amount of effort to accomplish a task.
Users interfaces: cause people prefer apps that allow them to directly accomplish tasks with a minimum number of steps, designers have strived to provide their users with simple way to browse around and consume new content in a natural way. Scrolling down on social networks, swiping down to refresh or swiping right or left on Tinder to say if you’re interested in someone are ultimate expression of simplicity. It speaks to all of us seeking do acheive any type of things on a screen simply and naturally.
Human languages, for instance, have continuously evolved and become simpler so that users of languages expend minimal effort to use them effectively.
Many businesses try to reduce the customer effort down to a maximum. Look at online purchasing. Buying a book on Amazon with one click was a tremendous move in simplicity and removal of customer friction. Not to mention the launch of Amazon itself at its inception: books will be delivered at your doorstep. People did not need to go to a bookstore anymore (well, that is the story of eCommerce anyway:).
If I’ve got to cross a road, and the crossword 400 meters away, I’ll surely take a chance – even if riskier, to cross from where I am.
It’s saying no.
That’s your first hint that something’s alive. It says no. That’s how you know a baby is starting to turn into a person. They run around saying no all day, throwing their aliveness at everything to see what it’ll stick to. You can’t say no if you don’t have desires and opinions and wants of your own. You wouldn’t even want to.
No is the heart of thinking.
Contrary to what we usually believe, moments like these, the best moments in our lives, are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times—although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to attain them. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something that we make happen. For a child, it could be placing with trembling fingers the last block on a tower she has built, higher than any she has built so far; for a swimmer, it could be trying to beat his own record; for a violinist, mastering an intricate musical passage. For each person there are thousands of opportunities, challenges to expand ourselves.
With every act of self-care your authentic self gets stronger, and the critical, fearful mind gets weaker. Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration: I am on my side; each day I am more and more on my side.