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Your Brain measures pleasure with the Hedonic Meter

words by: Thugwife
Dec 18, 2020

Hedonic – relating to, characterized by, or considered in terms of pleasant (or unpleasant) sensations



Just like a clock measures time, you have a meter in your brain, called the hedonic meter, that measures pleasure. How is pleasure gauged?


A state of happiness is considered a situation in which the sum of pleasures is greater than the sums of pain. It has also been noted that the brain measures these experiences by duration and intensity. We all experience our own realities which is why happiness is a “description” and what makes one person happy will not necessarily do the same for another. The hedonic meter in individuals can be affected by drugs and alcohol causing cognitive distortions; irrational thoughts. The good news – the mind can heal itself.


Much like physiotherapy for your body, different forms of therapy, from cognitive behavioral therapy to dialectic behavioral therapy can be practiced. On average, it takes 6 months for the hedonic meter to reset to a natural state.