Hedonic Treadmill

Ever notice how quickly we adapt to our new surroundings?

The hedonic treadmill, also known as hedonic adaptation, is the observed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes.

Here is good take on the subject from Mr. Money Mustache.  An excerpt from the article below:

A most striking example of this was a 1978 psychological study that evaluated the happiness levels of recent lottery winners, and recently injured paraplegics relative to the general population. As you’d expect, the lottery winners were pretty upbeat immediately after their win, and the paraplegics were pretty pissed off. But within just two months, both groups had returned back to the average level of happiness.

That is amazing – two months! Here is a great TED talk from Dan Gilbert further exploring this topic.

Chase Sapphire Reserve

For those of you looking for a good travel rewards credit card, this one is about as good as they come.

  • 100,000 chase rewards after spending $4k in first 3 months (if you use these points through Chase (flights, hotels, car rentals) this is worth $1500
  • $300 travel credit (can be used for Uber, hotels, trains, flights, etc.) each calendar year
  • $100 credit toward Global Entry or TSA Pre-check
  • Lounge Access to 900 Priority Pass Select airport lounges (I just visited the one at MSP and it is very nice)
  • $450 annual fee

Three Things Daily

I focus on three things each week on this site but on a daily basis this habit has served as a quick reminder of days past.  On a daily basis, along with stronger or weaker, I jot down three very brief things I want to remember from the day (went for run, read books to kids, date night). You’ll be amazed at how well you can remember full days from months ago based on jotting down three things from each day.

Bonus: A Favorite Quote

“It is not strange that we over estimate ourselves as compared with others; for we judge others by their actions, but ourselves by our intentions