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The New New

Your Brain Is Wired to Suck the Joy Out of Good News

Here’s how to break the cycle

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WWhen a good thing comes along, humans have a frustrating tendency to overplay the effect it will have over the long term. This, we tell ourselves, this will be what finally makes us happier: getting married, buying a house, going on a dream vacation, landing a coveted promotion.