What is holding people back from the life that they truly want to live? I'd say that one very common and destructive thing is that they don't know how to stop overthinking. They overthink every little problem until it becomes bigger and scarier than it actually is.
Philosophy Professor Catherine Wilson talks about pleasure being fundamental in our ability to live a good life, and how a fine balance has to be maintained between current pleasure(indulgence) and future pleasure, which is life planning.
If we work ourselves endlessly, trying to hoard wealth, life will be over in a blink of an eye.
Apart from a more justified and gender-neutral definition of hedonism, the definition of luxury and pleasure itself is changing. What was once enjoyable seems like a waste of time now, while economic instability and low wages do not allow for a hedonistic lifestyle to be a reality for many of us.
Pleasure seeking needs to be viewed as a positive, life-giving pursuit in these times where everyone is striving hard to make ends meet.
The just-world hypothesis is a cognitive bias that causes people to assume that people's actions always lead to fair consequences, meaning that those who do good are eventually rewarded, while those who do evil are eventually punished.
Various background factors, such as religion and ethnicity, can affect the likelihood that people will display just-world beliefs, and the degree to which they will display them.
Various situational factors can also affect the degree to which people believe in a just world. For example, being in a good mood reduces people’s tendency to blame innocent victims, while being in a bad mood increases this tendency.