This article is in our series about increasing happiness and life satisfaction. Many people with chronic pain can’t decrease their pain. So another way to live a more enjoyable and fulfilling life – perhaps even more important – is to increase the positive. That’s what we’ll look at in this series.
Let’s look at pleasures.
Pleasures are positive, enjoyable experiences. Pleasures create immediate happiness and enjoyment. Many pleasurable experiences are associated with basic biological drives, such as eating, exercise and sex. Activities such as art, music, dancing and reading are also often pleasurable.
Authentic Happiness looks at 3 levels of pleasures:
- Hi pleasure: causes emotions such as thrill and elation
- Moderate pleasure: causes emotions such as sparkle, glee, fun
- Low pleasures causes emotions such as comfort, harmony and relaxation
We are usually aware of what brings us pleasure. I love walking in the wood, a bowl of chocolate ice cream and a funny TV show.
Your assignment: Add in a pleasure each day.
Schedule something specific to be sure you have at least 1 thing every day. In the next article, we’ll look at ways to increase pleasure.