Somehow most of the content I have come across this week seemed to revolve around topics about life, so I thought to focus this week’s newsletter specifically on this theme.
Life is ever changing and unpredictable. One minute you’re happy, and then something bad happens that knocks you off cloud nine in a second. We do what we can to stay driven and motivated to achieve our goals what we think will make us happy - but it’s hard to constantly sustain that level of happiness right?
As humans, we are always adapting to situations, and us adapting to feelings of happiness / sadness is no different. This is called Hedonic adaptation
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.
’The New Normal
’ (no, this is not about covid-19!) by Matt D'avella very nicely sums this theory up. He explains that we can start by understanding ourselves and looking within. Can we be content with less than what we currently have?
Even if I understand this in theory, I still have a hard time trying to put this into practice, but it’s a great start to understanding how we as humans instinctively try to deal with such matters. It starts with self-awareness.
Personally, I try to view my life as a video game - it helps the nerd in me put things into perspective, when I’m feeling down or demotivated. Let me leave you with a quote from one of my favourite books ’Level Up Your Life
’ by Steve Kamb. It never fails to keep me going!
Every time we complete a quest or mission, we have to remember that it’s often the journey that produces the happiness, not just the destination. Put in nerd terms, it’s playing the game that’s fun too, not just completing it.
Navigating the game of life may be arduous, but it’s what makes us stronger, better and happier people!
Till next week!