The ‘hedonic treadmill’ is a theory that people return to a relatively stationary level of happiness, sometimes considered a happiness ‘set point’. Although efforts or interventions to improve happiness have a transient effect, individuals inevitably return to their original happiness set point after a short period of time.
However, in this week’s podcast I outline a way to shift our focus way from what we think will bring us happiness (such as greater possessions), towards what will bring us increased levels of happiness: developing relationships and social connections. Volunteering is a brilliant way of doing both. It’s a fantastic way of getting off the hedonic treadmill and into fulfilment, contentment, and joy.
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