hedonic treadmill

Main Entry:  hedonic treadmill
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the theory that humans continually adapt to bad and good circumstances and return to relative neutrality
Example:  Lottery winners are the perfect example of the hedonic treadmill: within a year, they usually return to their former happiness level.
Etymology:  1971
Dictionary.com's 21st Century Lexicon
Copyright © 2003-2014 Dictionary.com, LLC
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: hedonic damages
Next Definition: hedonic-calculus
Words Near: hedonic treadmill
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for hedonic treadmill
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing hedonic treadmill
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature