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Choose Enjoyment Over Pleasure

Choose Enjoyment Over Pleasure

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Seeking Pleasure

Pleasure can be a boon or a burden, depending on our relationship to it. It can leaven laborious days or lead us to waste them. The pleasures of a mild stimulant such as caffeine can be harmless or even beneficial, but the pleasures of amphetamines can be deadly.

This creates a puzzle for t...

Choosing Enjoyment

Fortunately, there is a better way to solve the puzzle: To stay at the party without letting it get out of control and choose enjoyment instead.

  • Enjoyment and pleasure are terms often used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing.
  • Ple...

The Dinner Analogy

Enjoyment is better than pleasure because it is more conscious and permanent.

Everyone gets pleasure from eating when they’re hungry, but it takes some knowledge and cultivation to enjoy food. After you finish lunch, the pleasure is gone, and in fact, the idea of eating is no longer appeali...

Ruining Enjoyment By Instagram

Opting for pleasure is a mistake for happiness. But even if we choose enjoyment, other barriers can make us less likely to get the satisfaction that it can offer. Some people ruin their enjoyment of life by using it to show others how happy they are.

Enjoyment can also be r...

Enjoying Life Is Crucial

Enjoyment of life—whether that means spending “unproductive” time with others, reading a good book, or taking a long walk—has a loftier significance than good feelings do. It is important for human agency, a life lived on purpose.

Enjoyment means refusing to be managed by pleasures, nor su...

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