Look at this guy. He seems so happy, and the people he meets seem happier too. Just as we can tell how happy these bystanders are by looking at the smiles on your faces, I can probably tell how happy you are through one simple question: are you a maximizer or a satisficer?
“Woah, woah,” you may be thinking. “You’re crazy. You don’t even know me! And is ‘satisficer’ even a word?!”
I know it seems a bit abrupt to jump to conclusions about a person’s happiness, but psychologists can back me up on this one! They’ve done countless studies and found that people make decisions in two ways: they either thoroughly research several options in order to pick the best one (the maximizers) or they prefer to act quickly and choose the option that’s just good enough (the satisficers). Most people fall in the the middle of this spectrum.
To address whether “satisficer” is a word, well… no, technically speaking. The word “satisficer” is a mash-up of two words: satisfy and suffice. And this describes these people perfectly! Satisficers choose the option that just suffice and satisfy what they’re looking for. In other words, they’re not looking for the best option–they just want one that meets the minimum criteria of what they want.
Satisficers tend to be the happier ones in life, since they aren’t constantly striving to find the absolute best like a maximizer would do. As people get older, they tend to realize that something that’s “good enough” really is just “good enough.” Thus they move away from being a maximizer and lean more towards being a satisficer.
So how is this relevant to you?
It could be helpful to find out what type of person you are, which you can do right here!
Somewhat similar to the old adage “opposites attract,” people with different decision-making styles may be a better match romantically. A maximizer can help the satisficer strive to reach new heights, while a satisficer can help a maximizer make tough decisions.
Being a maximizer isn’t better than being a satisficer, and vice-versa. Just think of this as a tool to discover the way in which you make decisions and how you can capitalize on this in your life!