Defining excitement

Alive? Happy? Grins?

What makes me feel excited?

  1. Winning a poker hand
  2. Solving math
  3. Getting a girl’s number
  4. Understanding a concept in a new way (eg Physics, Math, Self)
  5. Shopping
  6. Getting compliments and A’s

What doesn’t make me feel excited?

  1. Celebrating holidays or birthdays
  2. Shopping

What do they have in common?

  1. Probabilistic/Uncertain outcome
  2. Reward if won, costs otherwise
  3. Baseline is common failure
  4. Takes intentional and persistent effort

Is it all about doing “something that’s worth struggling for”?

From Man’s search for meaning by Viktor Frankl. Is it all about a cause that we inately feel worthy of our time, that we struggle for?