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Getting off the Hedonic Treadmill


It’s easy to scoff at the emergence of wealth therapists catering to glum one-percenters; what do they have to be sad about? They have everything!

Well, many may be crying tears of exhaustion from lives spent on the “hedonic treadmill.” Originally coined by psychologists Brickman and Campbell, the term has evolved to illustrate how we often chase luxuries to achieve happiness, but once adapted to them, our happiness stabilizes and we crave nicer luxuries; in effect, chasing happiness on a treadmill.

How to get off? Focus on relationships, learning and passions. Replace greed with gratitude; it’s endless and free.

Chris Butsch, The Millennial’s Guide to Making Happiness

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