Hedonic adaptation

Christmas is here, and you'll get some presents. After you have something new, there is a period of excitement, but it fades over time. You'll get the new thing for granted after a few months.

Let's go one step backward, and think about those things that you take for granted nowadays: a comfy bed, a hot shower in the morning, a 300 Mbps internet connection, the nice public transportation in Barcelona, or eating 3 meals per day.

The pandemic has made you realize how quickly you adapt to daily pleasures. Traveling was normal one year ago, and look at it now, you'll be grateful if in 2021 you can put your feet on a plane again.

Sometimes is good to remind yourself that you are living a king's life compared to the average dude 100 years ago. And even today, most people in Asia are living a worse life than yours.

If you feel unsatisfied because of your desires, let hunger knock on your door. Restrict your food intake for one day, take a cold shower, or don't use the internet on your phone for a few days.

It's a good way to appreciate those things again. You are living on a permanent Christmas day.

Hi, I'm Erik, an engineer from Barcelona. If you like the post or have any comments, say hi.