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The theory of hedonic adaptation says that people eventually return to their baseline level of happiness no matter what good or bad things happen to them. Former lawyer and travel blogger Jodi Ettenberg shares how she adapted to life with chronic joint pain and fatigue after getting sick with dengue fever. Her initial resistance to meditation, gratitude and acceptance makes her story relatable. She has since learned it’s best for her health to settle in one place, accept her limits and change her attitude. getAbstract recommends her story to anyone who suffers chronic pain or who wants to understand its effects.

About the Author

Former lawyer Jodi Ettenberg began traveling internationally and writing her blog, Legal Nomads, since 2008.



Since contracting dengue fever in 2013, travel blogger Jodi Ettenberg has had chronic joint pain, the circulatory condition Raynaud’s disease and fatigue. She describes 10 changes she has made that help her manage her condition:

  1. “Daily meditation” – Meditating each day helps her to accept how her body is feeling and to respond more calmly to other challenges.
  2. “Read three…helpful books for stress and pain management” – After reading many books on pain and stress management, Ettenberg recommends three: ...

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