Psych Terms

6/27/2013

The Hedonic Treadmill:

     The Hedonic Treadmill, also known as hedonic adaptation, is the observed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes.

     According to this theory, as a person makes more money, expectations and desires rise in tandem, which results in no permanent gain in happiness ... Hedonic Treadmill Theory compares the pursuit of happiness to a person on a treadmill, who has to keep walking just to stay in the same place. The concept dates back centuries, to such writers as St. Augustine, "Desire hath no rest, is infinite in itself, endless, and as one calls it, a perpetual rack, or horse-mill."







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