Hedonic Treadmill Research Paper

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“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” (Keonig F, 1985). The main focus of psychological science on what is psychologically wrong with people has lead to also looking at what is right with people. The search into what makes people happy is vast and varies across research studies and theories. However, one of the most deflating concepts facing positive psychology is the hedonic treadmill. Positive and negative events temporarily alter levels of happiness and people quickly adapt to them and return to a fixed emotional set-point (Brickman P, 1978). The hedonic treadmill, as classically stated, implies that all efforts to improve happiness are doomed to failure.…show more content…
Positive emotions can be exercised in order to increase happiness levels. Love is regarded as a positive emotion by theorists such as Barbara Fredrickson, Christine Branigan (2001) and George Vaillant (2008). Furthermore, the capacity to love and be loved is one of the 24 VIA character strengths. According to Martin Seligman (2002) practising character strengths can bring us gratification and authentic happiness. Research and interventions find that cultivating happiness with love in one person can also positively affect the people around them. The focus of this essay is on love and how it can be used to cultivate more happiness in everyone. Looking into a few theories, research and interventions we find love as a strong predictor of
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