The Hedonic Adaptation a.k.a.

The Hedonic Adaptation a.k.a. Why we aren’t happy</p

The Hedonic adaptation is our tendency to quickly return to our normal levels of happiness after both positive and negative external events. 

What can you do about it?

  • Set many smaller goals instead of one big one.
  • Enjoy the process, not just the outcome.
  • The outcome won’t make you happier, but the act of showing up every day can.
  • Pursue strong social connections. Pursue big, ambitious goals, but don’t neglect the people who will celebrate with you when you achieve them.

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