4 thoughts on “Want To Be Happier? The Problem Might Be Hedonic Adaptation

  • August 9, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    This article is my wife through & through. I equate this to a Garfield cartoon strip I read many, many years ago. It was Garfield chasing/catching a mouse & letting it go, repeatedly. Finally Jon asked Garfield what he was doing & he replied “it’s not the having, it’s the getting”… You can never win, there’s always the “what’s next”…

    • August 9, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Hi Rich,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article, and I love the comparison to the Garfield strip! What a great example, and so relatable. It’s true. for many people, it’s the anticipation of more (more so than the owning) that drives their purchasing. This, of course, also works on the dopamine reward system, almost like a drug high, where a tolerance is built, and ever-increasing consumption habits fail to satiate the desire.

      I’m very much a minimalist, and the concept has been very grounding in many ways, not in the least is curbing consumption and materialism.

      All the best,
      Claire Nana LMFT

      • August 10, 2017 at 4:28 pm

        My Daughter is a minimalist & my wife thinks my daughter is strange. You just get tired of carting around all the ‘junk’. 🙂

      • August 10, 2017 at 4:48 pm

        Hi Rich, Your daughter is not the only one I’m sure. There is an entire movement devoted to it. A great resource is http://www.becomingminimalist.com that is hosted by Joshua Becker, the author of The More of Less. For Becker, it is about less stuff, but also on a spiritual level, freeing oneself from the grasp of consumerism.


        Claire Nana LMFT


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