Monday, February 13, 2017

Study: Winning The Lottery Doesn't Guarantee Happiness

A recent Ted-Ed Talks reveals that in a closed control group of 22 lottery winners, it was discovered that there was no major increase in their level of happiness in the months following their big win, and that they largely mirrored the happiness levels of 22 individuals who hadn’t won the lottery. In fact, many of the lottery winners actually felt less happy than those in the other group.

What's known as  hedonic adaptation means that even when an individual experiences a major positive event such as a lottery win, eventually they will grow accustomed to it and their happiness levels will go back to normal.