Periods of “deprivation” are recommended by almost all happiness experts to heighten and deepen the sensations of appreciation and gratitude upon return of the deprived thing.
All major religions also recognise the benefits of temporary deprivation and annually encourage periods of deprivation, such as Lent (Christianity), Ramadan (Islam), Yom Kippur (Judaism), Maha Shivratri (Hinduism) etc.
These practises have been proven to give boosts in happiness, attributed to the increased gratitude perception for things once they are back.
Periods of deprivation really can work as well for you as it does for billions of other humans across the world throughout time. Check out the other exercises in the gratitude enhancing section of your Happiness Building!
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