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date: 29 March 2017

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This chapter reviews the experimental evidence supporting the importance of variety in sustaining happiness, discussing the facts and findings on what hinders sustainable happiness, namely genetic predisposition, dynamic equilibrium, and the hedonic treadmill. The chapter also presents two conceptual models of sustained happiness increases at the individual level, specifically, the “sustainable happiness” model and the “hedonic adaptation prevention” model. Finally, the chapter presents evidence for sustainable happiness, exploring how variations in circumstances and activities can potentially bolster individuals to experience the upper end of their happiness “set range.”

Keywords: happiness, variety, positive psychology interventions, hedonic adaptation prevention model

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