British psychologists have published results of one curious study on fulfillment of desires in The Psychological Science journal. They express a paradoxical idea that for adults, realization of dreams does not lead to happiness but to disappointment.
The scientists conducted an experiment involving two groups of volunteers: children aged three to seven years and adults aged 25-60. Participants were required to perform certain tasks for which they received all sorts of desirable rewards. The study showed that children having received a desired reward were three times happier than adults were.
In their article, the authors of the experiment argue that the more a person achieves in life, the less new achievements bring him happiness, while the fulfillment of all desires leads to loss of life goals and disappointment.
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