Will you be happy after winning a lottery?
Let me rephrase
How long do you think you will be happy after winning lottery of 5 million dollars?
Maybe you need it a lot
And you think you will be happy forever…
At least for many years…
Research was done on lottery winners to see how long their happiness lasted.
To their surprise and opposite of what they predicted,
They returned to their baseline level of happiness within six months or a year.
It means they eventually became as happy as they were before winning the lottery.
This sounds surprising, doesn’t it?
But it is true.
Now we all think we will have different experience if we win a lottery.
(we think – I know mostly people don’t sustain happiness for long term, but I know I will. I will make some strategic moves… And my life will be different! Changed for the better……)
So let’s take a simple example –
Remember the last time you bought something that you thought will make you sooooooo happy!
For me it will be buying Mickey’s Tee shirt and some cute Disney accessories (kidding! Not!)
Remember the time you bought something you really wanted to have… Since long time… (no, not a puppy)
You felt happy for maybe like one month or so…
What happens after that?
You don’t feel the same level of happiness after some time
Maybe after some days, you don’t even look at the thing you brought….
Why is that?
Because of what we call in psychology – Hedonic Adaptation
It means that you adapt eventually to new circumstances in your life
And they don’t excite you that much after a point of time
If we think it like this..
Should we really have goals? And work
our ass off so hard for goals that won’t even contribute to our happiness after some point?
Actually, we should.
Not for the end result, but for the joy and happiness we feel while striving towards those goals.
That’s why they say – Enjoy the journey!
You will be happy when you reach the destination
(Maybe that happiness will also fade quickly, but enjoying the process will make you feel satisfied and fulfilled)
And research also suggests that when you experience joy along the journey towards your goals, your well-being increases.