I have never heard the saying “losses loom larger than gains” until studying these lecture slides. This saying simply means that the loss of something is more dissatisfying than the gain of it. For example, if a kid loses a candy bar he got on Halloween, he will be thinking about it more and be more dissatisfied than he was satisfied when he got it in the first place. This is known as loss aversion. To an extreme, if someone’s house is foreclosed on, they will be more distraught than they were happy when they got the house. I don’t think that people realize how hard scaling back can be. You get so used to having certain things and certain luxuries that you often take it for granted. People underestimate how emotionally difficult it can be to downsize and live a more minimalistic lifestyle.
These slides also discussed procrastination. Procrastination is a delay I goal-oriented behavior despite knowing that one will be worse off as a result. Most students probably have at least one experience with this. Personally, I tend to procrastinate assignments that I may not necessarily understand or that seem poorly explained by the professor. This is a bad habit because it usually leaves me scrambling the night before to clarify the instructions and produce a good assignment that is worthy of a good grade. Thankfully, I have learned to stop this behavior over the years. Once I came to college and had the goal of entering graduate school to become an occupational therapy, I realized that I can’t afford to procrastinate anymore.