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Hedonic Adaptation

I am currently following a course on Coursera: The Science of Well Being . It has been one of the most famous online courses by Yale, to date, and my favorite so far. If you haven't checked it out, I recommend you do it.  There is a concept discussed in almost every lecture 'Hedonic Adaptation'. Which, simply put, states that  On average, a person's happiness remains almost linear throughout his life. We get used to everything. We envision, that a big positive event such as buying your first car will make you really happy. Well, it does, but only for a few days. Let's say till the new car smell wears out or you get the first scratch on the bumper.  On the other hand, we envision that those big negative events will make this life a living hell, well guess what, we get used to it as well. Do you remember the paranoia in April-May? Everyone was refreshing Worldometer 20 times a day, washing groceries with dish soap, and even crossing the street if you spot a pedestrian