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The joy of giving isn’t just a cute by-product of humanity, but rather a fundamental ingredient of what makes us human

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In the field of positive psychology, there is a widely known — and somewhat depressing — phenomenon known as hedonic adaptation. Simply put, it describes a human tendency to experienceless joy from our favorite activities, events, and behaviors over time. It’s a concept that’s often directly linked to spending habits and the ways in which we receive. For example, eating the same lunch each day or buying yourself a new piece of clothing from a store you frequent can lose its thrill as time goes on.

The rush of happiness we feel from this kind of “repeated getting” may…

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