I work at one of the most (if not the most) well-regarded companies on the planet, in terms of technical reputation as well as workplace benefits.
Orientation was great, and I was fully bought into the Kool-Aid, and I still am. I really do love this company from a mission standpoint.
However, I was saddened to see after starting "real work" that in many ways, it's still just another corporation; people aren't smiling and laughing and excited all the time and life isn't a perpetual party, but why shouldn't it be? In fact people look mostly bored, and caught up in their own personal rat race.
Relatedly, there just isn't the same amount of energy and friendliness as there was in the company-wide orientation, and the welcoming spirit is definitely missing.
I know I landed in a good organization and a great team. Most days I come home super excited and laughing and dancing, and immensely grateful. There are tons of great benefits, both material and cultural, large tangible details as well as small ones, that I notice all the time.
Is it just human nature to acclimate to your situation, no matter how good it is? If so, what can I do to keep things fresh and new, and keep myself grateful? How can I avoid any future resentment at any initial aloofness and natural distrust I feel I encounter from people (which would hinder me building up the trust and credibility that I feel we should generally give to each other as a matter of course)?