Episode 73 – The Hedonic Treadmill

No, the Hedonic Treadmill is not the Product of the Week (POW!) and it has nothing to do with exercise. Humans have a tendency to return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive (or negative) life changes or events. Scientists in Science Town at Science University call it Hedonic Adaptation. The more athletic scientists call it the Hedonic Treadmill. In other words, reaching your goal weight isn’t the key to unlocking happiness. Finding hope and belief in yourself and realizing that you are capable of great things at any weight is the key. The Tip of the Week (TOW!) is to compare the diet and full calorie versions of what you’re eating and make sure that the diet version is really worth it. The Product of the Week (POW!) is the Happier podcast with Gretchen Rubin. Also, Catherine says “pizza boats” 87 times, you find out that she was the football captain in junior varsity polo, and Donald and Catherine are a rag tag bunch like the A-Team.

Happier Podcast with Gretchen Rubin