The Important Difference Between “Pleasure” Versus “Happiness”

The Important Difference Between “Pleasure” Versus “Happiness”

Do you know the key difference between Pleasure versus Happiness? If you want to be truly happy, then you must recognize the important difference between these two – and stop prioritizing the superficial high of pleasure. Read on…

As many of my readers know I have a Platonic crush on Aristotle, the Greek philosopher.

I write about Ari (as I affectionately call him) in many of my books, courses and essays).

The important difference between “pleasure” versus “true happiness”
My #1 favorite belief from Aristotle: 

The reason why so many people are unhappy is that they confuse “pleasure” for “true happiness.”

So what is the difference between pleasure vs happiness?

Pleasure” (aka: “hedonia”):

This kind of enjoyment is all about immediate gratification of the body and/or ego. It’s impulse-driven hedonism – hit and run joy – superficial and fleeting.

It’s “fake happiness.”

When you’re caught up in “pleasure,”  you’re “body-focused” (seeking lust and junk food) or “ego-focused” (seeking fame and status ) or “superficially-externally-focused”  (seeking lots of attention on social media or shopping up a storm) – instead of “soul-focused”  (seeking the deeper true happiness explained below – which is “true-core-self-focused”).


“True happiness” (aka: eudaimonia ):

This kind of enjoyment is all about surrounding yourself with good habits and people who stretch your soul in a loving way – like soul-connected true friends and soul-connected loyal love partners.

Basically, “true happiness” is about surrounding yourself with habits and people who help you to be your  highest potential.

Often “true happiness” requires “delayed gratification” – because you have to put in the extra effort of discipline, patience and assorted strong character values – before that “feel good high” kicks in.

The important difference between “pleasure” versus “true happiness”

But when it does, it’s amped up higher than “pleasure” can ever take you.

Plus “true happiness” creates “long-haul joy” – because “true happiness” is all about growing who you are inside of yourself – so it lasts as long as YOU last.

Basically, my favorite Greek philosopher buddy Aristotle believed that “true happiness” is about recognizing that your soul is your ultimate g-spot for happiness – not your ego or body.

In summary:

If you want to be happy, you gotta do actions your soul can be proud of!

Think happier. Think calmer.

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Karen Salmansohn (Founder)

Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.

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