Don’t Do Six Flags Four Times

We bought season passes to Six Flags this year.  Amazing value.  The fourth time we visited, however, my son asked to go home after 30 minutes.  Apparently visits have diminishing returns.

Psychologists have a a concept called Hedonic Adaptation, which is sometimes call the Hedonic Treadmill.  When bad stuff happens, we eventually return to our baseline happiness.  The same thing happens when good stuff happens.  This is good news for people who suffer great tragedy.  It is not good news for parents who drive for six hours (round trip) to help their children experience increasing levels of joy from spinning in the air.

This means to stay happy, you must move just to stay in place.  I think that is good.


Your soul has been designed for growth and eventual happiness in all circumstances.


Published by Brock Stout, PhD

Brock has helped many people to be extremely successful. He has lived in various countries and has enjoyed several careers, but is now a writer and a career coach. He sustained mild lead poisoning as a child, resulting in neurological damage. The result was a life of learning disabilities, always struggling to keep up. But he completed two degrees from competitive universities, then advised Wall Street executives in Asia for 15 years. He later earned a PhD and worked as a university professor for six years. He has started three profitable companies in between. So he particularly wants to help those with special learning challenges. Because so many of us now have these special challenges, they are no longer special. But they are challenges. He wants you to TEACH YOURSELF how to be successful.

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