2. the condition of being autonomous; self-government, or the right of self-government; independence:
A brand new study, Money Can't Buy Happiness published May 23, 2011, in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, is really a study, with 420,599 participants from 63 countries. The study concludes that when it comes to being happy, Autonomy is more important than money. This is truly interesting because the study actually supports scientific data about how our brain works when we are happiest. And Happiness, as it turns out, is an internal function, an internal choice, not an external something we can somehow acquire.
So if we want to be happier, we need to work on becoming more autonomous. According to the definition of autonomy, we need to be free to be self-governing. Hmmmmm, lets see how that measures up to our definition of Wisdom. “Wisdom is the freedom and ability to make the kinds of choices that move our life forward and benefit the planet.”
That sounds as though Wisdom is the most direct path to autonomy, and it is. We are always free to make choices, even when we don’t make them, because not deciding is actually a decision. When we allow events to dictate our choices, it is still our choice to allow someone else or our automatic habits to choose for us.
The problem is not in our freedom, or perceived lack of freedom, in our choice making that is really at the heart of the issue. It is our ability to make the kinds of choices that do move our life forward instead of keeping us locked in an endless repetition of yesterdays.
Learning to make wiser choices is not difficult. It takes some practice, but that practice pays huge dividends quickly. Already Wise: Our Inborn Ability to Make the Best Choices can help you start making better choices rapidly by showing you how you already do.
Your brain knows how to make good choices. You already make tens of thousands of “wise” choices every day and aren’t even aware you are doing it.
By removing or repairing the thinking processes that keep us unwise, our inborn Wisdom helps us quickly get our life back on track and moving forward.