Rethink awesome stuff.
Believe it or not, you’d get bored of that Calabasas mansion. Our brains do something called “hedonic adaptation,” which means that we get used to things, both good and bad, to maintain a level of comfort. To thwart this adaptation, you have to shift your perspective and make a concerted effort to rethink what would truly make you happy.
We suggest investing in experiences. It’s scientifically-proven that we get more out of, say, going on a vacation than buying a car. With a vacation, you get the excitement leading up to the trip, the bliss during it, and the wistful but rewarding re-telling of it to your friends. When you buy a car, you get a car, and weeks later, it’s still a car and none of your friends want to hear about it.
We also suggest moderating your use of social media. This is a biggie for us. While social media can be very inspirational, and lately educational, it is rife with bad reference points for happiness. We tend to (again, whether we know it or not) socially compare ourselves to the retouched, curated lives that we see on social media. It’s a newfound issue, so a lot of the scientific research is still developing, but our teacher warned us that too much social media consumption takes up a lot of negative headspace.
All this to say, our ability to adapt isn’t always bad. It’s what makes us a very resilient species. We just have to make sure we’re feeding our brains a well-balanced diet, like social interactions over social media.