Included here are other notes that, while interesting, I didn’t feel were critical to understanding Schwartz’s thesis which I presented in the main post. Social Relations Reduce Choice And Increase Happiness Schwartz argues that it’s both that increasing choice leads to weakening social ties and that weaker ties lead to increased choice. "Time spent dealing with choice is time taken away from being a good friend, a good spouse, a good parent, and a good congregant." And "establishing and maintaining meaningful social relations requires a willingness to be bound or constrained by them, even when dissatisfied. Once people make commitments to others, options close."