The Hedonic treadmill

Came across a term ‘Hedonic treadmill’ today. This was while watching ‘Happy’  –  a documentary that is very highly recommended. Put this on your bucket list instead of a place to see.

The Hedonic treadmill is a term that denotes the state where a person keeps running but stays in the same place. This is applied to humans to denote the state where having more doesn’t really contribute to increased happiness once a certain state of ‘havingness’ is passed. The more you have, the more people tend to want more. That’s the reality that research has revealed. There is a HUGE difference in happiness between two persons earning $5,000 and $50,000. However, once basic needs and security is met, there in no increase in happiness. Interestingly one’s happiness levels are tied to genes. Everyone has a state of being that they tend to get back to always. They might get ecstatic when there is success and depressed when disaster strikes, but over time every one gets back to that level.

21-Feb-2013 12:30, Canon Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS, 4.0, 200.0mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 800

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