Beyond the hedonic treadmill: revising the adaptation theory of well-being.

@article{Diener2006BeyondTH,
  title={Beyond the hedonic treadmill: revising the adaptation theory of well-being.},
  author={Ed Diener and Richard E. Lucas and Christie Napa Scollon},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  year={2006},
  volume={61 4},
  pages={
          305-14
        }
}
According to the hedonic treadmill model, good and bad events temporarily affect happiness, but people quickly adapt back to hedonic neutrality. The theory, which has gained widespread acceptance in recent years, implies that individual and societal efforts to increase happiness are doomed to failure. The recent empirical work outlined here indicates that 5 important revisions to the treadmill model are needed. First, individuals' set points are not hedonically neutral. Second, people have… Expand
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