Why holidays don’t make us as happy as we’d wish

Anyone can make a list of at least 5 things that make them happy. Some we do regularly, like getting our favorite latte from that funky coffee shop; some we do a few times a year, like going skiing, hiking, or scuba diving. Yet, a few days after returning home, our old reality sets back in and things simply don’t feel vibrant and breezy anymore. Even worse, sometimes we get so nostalgic that our “happiness level” seems to drop even lower than before we’ve left.

But why? Wasn’t the whole point of the trip, the latte or the hike to make us happy…