What’s Your Happiness Baseline?

Have you ever noticed how your happiness baseline—what you consider necessary for satisfaction—is progressive? It’s based on what you’re currently used to. For example…

I recently grumbled about having to drive to an ATM in order to deposit a check. Not many years back I thought ATMs were the bees knees: “Woo-hoo! I don’t have to go inside the bank anymore!” Now I consider ATMs primitive, and expect all of my banking to be done online. Because…

Happiness baselines shift. Constantly.

~from How to be Happy

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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6 Responses to What’s Your Happiness Baseline?

  1. Yes! The sad thing about that kind of progressive happiness timeline is that we can never really appreciate what we have until we lose it. It’s much nicer to cultivate a constant spirit of gratitude because then you’ll really enjoy the hot running water! Otherwise it takes power outage or broken hot water tank and than all you have is regret over what you don’t have. 😉

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  2. Erika Kind says:

    We mustn’t forget that a part of happiness baseline keeps things in progress.

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  3. Heather says:

    Well said.
    Chasing happiness is a little like chasing rainbows…

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  4. inc says:

    I like how many banks in the State-side don’t require deposit slips and the bank’s envelopes anymore. We still need to have both to make a deposit at ATMs on Guam.

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