Well, in oversimplified terms, it’s a phenomenon in which people want ‘more’ to maintain their happiness levels. Hedonistic Adaptation equates acquisition with satisfaction.
I remember the “Ahaa……” feeling I got when I looked at my new MacBook! I thought this feeling will last a lifetime. Ironically, it quickly faded away. To be happy, I soon wanted the new Apple EarPods (something more).
So, in order to recapture the “Ahaa…..” feeling, we feel the need for ‘more’. The cycle is addictive. We are never satisfied. We can’t be. That’s how we are made. However, there may be two possible solutions that help you deal with the need for ‘Ahaa’.
Find genuine ways to feel good about yourself. To feel good about yourself, GO and help YOURSELF. Knowing you have genuinely done something worthwhile to yourself, lifts you and makes you feel proud & great about yourself.
…are all ways by which you feel good about yourself.
There is another way to defeat Hedonistic Adaptation. Be patient. It is super interesting and a little longer one.
Some accounts say, three ships were nearby when the historic Titanic sunk.
One of them was known as the Sampson. It was 7 miles away from the Titanic. They saw the white flares signaling danger. The crew had been hunting seals illegally and didn’t want to be caught. They insensitively turned and went the opposite direction, away from the Titanic.
This ship represents us and people like us, so busy living a selfish life that we can’t recognize when someone else is in need.
The next ship was the Californian. This ship was only 14 miles away from the Titanic and they were surrounded by ice fields. The captain looked out and saw the white flares. Because the conditions weren’t favorable and it was dark, he decided to go back to bed and wait until morning. The crew convinced themselves that nothing critical was happening.
This ship represents those of us who say
The last ship was the Carpathia. This ship was actually headed in a southern direction 58 miles away from the Titanic when they heard the distress cries over the radio. The captain of this ship, turned the ship around and went full steam ahead through the ice fields. Though the highest speed was supposed to be 14 knots in ideal waters, the captain drove his ship in the icy fields at 17.5 knots per hour. This was the ship that saved the 705 survivors of the Titanic.
When the captain of Carpathia looked back at the ice fields they had come through, he said, “Someone else’s hands must have been at the helm of this ship!” Awesome humility isn’t it? And it’s not just humility in action.
It’s a brilliant combination of Ambition, Humility, Adroitness (resourceful and ingenious) and Arcadianly (innocent contentment). Here we see an amazing level of leadership called, “The 6th level of leadership”.
Sampson. Californian. Carpathia. Which ship are you on? We pray you are in Carpathia? Otherwise, we have a question for you.
WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE?
By the way, the qualities of the 6th level of leadership combine to form the acronym “AHAA”. These certainly form a ‘Ahaa’ life. Can this be a coincidence?
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