Give It Up: A Strategy for Combating Hedonic Adaptation

“The present research provides the first evidence that temporarily giving up something pleasurable may provide an effective route to happiness. […] Many cultural and religious practices entail temporarily giving up something pleasurable, and our research suggests that such self-denial may carry ironic benefits for well-being by combating hedonic adaptation.”

Quoidbach, J., & Dunn, E. (2013). Give It Up: A Strategy for Combating Hedonic Adaptation.Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4(5), 563-568.

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