Bit of an old one like, but still pretty interesting.
According to the clever people that carried out the research in the linked study above; the actual ridiculous happiness felt immediately after winning the lottery, reduces the pleasure obtained from the simpler things we do day to day – like having a cuppa.
After several months, lottery winner became miserable bellends, basically spoiled little sh!t syndrome had taken effect:
As predicted, lottery winners were not happier than controls and took significantly less pleasure from a series of mundane events
Apparently the same ‘adaptation’ occurs when you buy a house, or a new boat, or whatever it may be. After a few months, you’re happiness is back to baseline.
In the study, the accident victims were slightly less happy, but not by much. I’ll admit I have not read the full study, and just robbed that information from here: