Back in the day, almost everything was a treat. A milkshake, a doughnut, candy of any sort became a treat. And this was unusually in response to good behaviour.
Now we treat ourselves whenever we want. The joy has been extracted from the treat since they have now become commonplace. The ambient level of our happiness has been increased as we become adapted to the hedonic treadmill.
I recall the treats I used to get when going to grandma’s place on the coast. This was normally a coke float. I am not sure why this only happened when travelling to her place. there was a special little malt shop on the corner. I remember trying to swirl the coke and ice cream together to make a smoother concoction.
I now realize how I miss those times even more when the smaller things used to give me joy. How can get those little enjoyments back?