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addaword.gifdefinition of hedonic treadmill

noun
(also hedonic adaptation)
the human tendency to return to the same level of happiness after something very good or very bad has happened
... the "hedonic treadmill" trap, whereby we work harder and harder without ever achieving happiness.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 08/03/2013 13:47:00
Definition of hedonic treadmill from the Open Dictionary – a public resource hosted by Macmillan English Dictionary Online

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