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This is why you’re never satisfied with your accomplishments, according to science

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Remember that big thing you achieved three months ago? Neither do I. The half-life on happiness feels awfully short these days, and as the years go on the ambition we had in our twenties becomes increasingly hard to channel. You set goals and chase after them…but what about all that time you spend in the Upside-Down trying to get there? Shouldn’t that be pleasurable, too?

Don’t get me wrong, going after your career aspirations is a worthwhile pursuit, and doing so will continue to make you happier. In case you missed it, the wildly popular statistic about happiness topping out at a salary of $75,000 is often cited incorrectly. That research was more focused on changes in emotional well-being, not blanket happiness, and research published earlier this year from Wharton fellow Matt Killingsworth found instead that well-being continues to rise with income.

So you set insane goals and turn yourself inside-out to achieve them. You rack up gold stars, and yet, after a while, they don’t feel so shiny or special anymore. Closing the rings on your Apple Watch just doesn’t hit the way it used to. You’re resigned.........

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