“How Pleasure And Happiness Differ

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The primary difference between the two attributes is that pleasure is external and happiness is internal. Pleasure is an event, while happiness is a state of mind. Pleasure often provides an environment for happiness, but there are no guarantees. Someone can be extremely unhappy while experiencing pleasure; and someone can be happy even though external circumstances are unpleasant.
Pleasure depends on many factors that we cannot control. Even if we choose the best restaurant in town, we still cannot do anything about the bad service that we experience. On the other hand, happiness is an attitude that is always within our control. We choose when, where, how and why to be happy and nobody can interfere with that decision. We can choose... View More »

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Many people don’t realize that extreme happiness results from altruism or unselfishness. Since happiness and pleasure are focused on satisfying the ego, it is difficult to understand that by giving up the ego, we can feel extremely fulfilled. If my day’s events are disturbing, I know that I can obtain happiness simply by helping one of my neighbors take out the trash. Making someone else happy is often the most effective way to find it ourselves. Lao Tzu has stated, “The Master has no possessions. The more he does for others, the happier he is. The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.”
Another important realization is that other people can never be responsible for our own happiness. Relinquishing responsibility for providing personal satisfaction is too great of a burden to place on any other human being. We are the only ones who can ensure internal fulfillment. If we require continual pleasure from others, they will always be unsuccessful. According to Brian Weiss, MD in his book, Messages from the Masters, “Happiness comes from within. It is not dependent on external things or on other people. You become vulnerable and can be easily hurt when your feelings of security and happiness depend on the behavior and actions of other people. Never give your power to anyone else.” The act of demanding pleasure from someone as a means for finding happiness is also a downward spiral because the other person feels inadequate. If one person in a relationship feels incapable of providing happiness, the relationship will fail. I have never understood the comment “I want to end ...

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