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The Hedonic Treadmill

The Hedonic Treadmill

Hedonic adaptation is the tendency of humans to revert to a happiness baseline shortly after new positive or negative events.

It becomes a treadmill—the Hedonic Treadmill—a perpetual motion machine that keeps us running in search of the next thing.

We create this magical universe in our minds where that one next thing will be exactly what makes us permanently, sustainably happier.

We get to that next thing, appreciate it for a moment, and then turn our gaze to the next, next thing, with no marked improvement in our happiness.


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Finding Your “Enough”: Develop a Gratitude Practice

Finding Your “Enough”: Develop a Gratitude Practice

Make it a daily practice to write down your gratitude. Either right when you wake up or right before bed, write down three things you are grateful for. They can be big (a healthy family) or small (a good meal in front of your favorite TV show)—the only thing that matters is that you make note of ...


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Identify Your Happiness Triggers

Identify Your Happiness Triggers

Using your gratitude lists, identify what makes you happy. Not what you think makes you happy or what society says should make you happy—but what truly makes YOU happy. Maybe it’s as simple as a cold beer at the end of a hard day of work or listening to smooth jazz by yourself when everyone has g...


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End the Comparisons

End the Comparisons

We all have a horrible tendency to compare ourselves to others. Comparison is like gas on your “more” fire—it tears away the enjoyment of the present and tells you that it’s not enough. When you notice yourself falling into the comparison trap, reset and focus on yourself.

If we on...


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Solve the problem or leave the problem. But…… Do not live with the problem.

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The hedonic treadmill

The hedonic treadmill

The hedonic treadmill is the tendency to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness after a major positive or negative event or life change.

You want something because you think it’ll make you happy. But when you get what you want, the new thing will only...

Hedonic adaptation

It explains our tendency as human beings to chase happiness, only to return back to our original emotional baseline after getting what we want. 

We run on a hedonic treadmill, and get nowhere, despite exerting massive effort along the way.

Hedonic Adaptation

We quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite positive or negative external events. We pursue a promotion and believe it will make us happy. When we get it, we are temporarily happier, only to get back to our baseline levels the next week.


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