The room was cold, colder still was the space in the bed that their bodies did not occupy. Susan inched closer to Harry to warm up, his body her constant heater throughout the long winter. Harry stirred as she moved in closer to him, then started to moan. His cries pierced through the stillness and jarred her making her jump. He cried out again, and Susan shook him awake.
Back in 2015 I came across the concept of “Hedonic Adaptation” — our tendency to adapt to pleasures. I became fascinated with the idea. I started to think about how I might beat Hedonic Adaptation, and started thinking about an idea I termed “Hedonic Reset”.
Using the concept of Hedonic Reset has changed my outlook drastically. In this article, I’ll explain the basis of hedonic adaptation and reset, and give you practical ways to use them in your own life.
Try this touch exercise. Hold your arm out, palm up, and use your other hand to trace slow, very light circles around the inside of your elbow. Use the lightest touch you can, barely brushing the hairs on your skin if you can.
Give this a try right now.
Notice the tingling, almost ticklish feeling. Almost as if your skin is reaching for more. Do this for awhile, and notice how the sensation changes.