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Some 15 million Americans a year struggle with depression, an illness that comes in many forms—from major depression and seasonal affective disorder, to dysthymia and bipolar disorder. Depression is an illness that increasingly afflicts people worldwide, interfering with concentration, motivation, and many other aspects of everyday functioning.
Suicide, or ending one's own life, is a tragic event with strong emotional repercussions for survivors and for families of its victims. More than 45,000 people in the U.S. killed themselves in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making it the 10th leading cause of death overall.
Motivation is literally the desire to act and move toward a goal. It's the difference between waking up before dawn to pound the pavement and lazing around the house all day. It's the crucial element in setting and attaining one's objectives—and research shows you can influence your own levels of motivation and self-control.
Why do we often think we know what we want, only to be disappointed with our purchases and choices? Behavioral economics combines insights from the fields of psychology and economics to elucidate decision making, with an eye towards outcomes that might be deemed irrational in some frameworks (including classic economic theories).