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Happiness, Pleasure And Joy

Updated on August 23, 2009

Three Beautiful Much Sought After Experiences

Happiness, pleasure and joy, three similar yet not the same much sought after experiences. How similar are they? What is the difference or is there really a difference? Most important is what is the source to provide these beautiful aspects in life? How do we know if we have it? Is there a limit on the amount available and can we afford it?

Step by Step, Enter A State Of Being

my front steps
my front steps

What Is Happiness, Pleasure and Joy?

Pleasure is an immediate satisfaction, It is a delight to take it, give it, seek it, request it or afford/buy it. Pleasure is gratification or satisfaction. Pleasure can be a "source" of joy.

Happiness is a pleasurable satisfaction. Happiness is a state of well being and contentment brought about by good fortune, prosperity, luck or chance, it can just occur.

Joy is an experience of great "pleasure" or delight. Joy is the state of being happy.

Happiness, pleasure and joy are connected, it is like a staircase, one step leading to another. Each experience or event occurring one after another, without the first two steps the landing cannot be reached. Until the top level is achieved at which point we can "enter" into a state of being.

Differences and Similiarities

. Pleasure occurs and can bring happiness and joy. Happiness occurs and can bring pleasure and joy. Joy cannot occur without levels of pleasure and happiness already in existence, because joy is an expansion of experience and state of being from pleasure and happiness.

Pleasure can go from a very short lived level of satisfaction to an intense and lasting experience of "great" joy. Happiness can go from a short lived experience of contentment and satisfaction to the intense and lasting state of "being" happy, which in short, is what joy is.

What is The Source Of Pleasure?

Pleasure is on the physical and material manifestation level. Pleasure can be touched, and seen. Pleasure can be bought, traded and sold.

Pleasure can be derived from physical encounters with others. Pleasure can be experienced from material possessions such as homes, cars, boats and the myriad of other possessions accumulated. These are pleasurable experiences that tend to be short lived, providing immediate satisfaction, yet always leaving an empty space in the immediate future to be filled with another immediate satisfaction experience. Never fulfilling or reaching a level of joy. These pleasures can however, bring happiness, a more short lived state of being that can go from moment to moment just like the source of immediate, yet not long lasting satisfaction.

Pleasure can also be derived from experiences, giving a gift, receiving a gift tangible or otherwise. Pleasure can be experienced from observing something outside of ourselves, a movie, a walk in a garden, children and family. Pleasure can be experienced from employment and jobs. More pleasure is obtained by giving, receiving, observing and doing versus the pleasure of having, the more durable it becomes. Each event and experience bringing about resultant happiness and eventually developing into full blown joy.

What Is The Source Of Happiness?

Happiness is found in between the tangible physical level and the energy of spiritual emotion. Happiness is a feeling or emotion that is expressed and explained by physical tangible events.

Happiness is the emotional experience from physical pleasure choices, it is as fleeting or as long lasting as the pleasure itself. Short bursts of happiness, always waiting to be filled with the next burst can become exhaustive and create an appearance that happiness is elusive. Happiness on this level of pleasurable experience is why it has been said we have to "pursue" it, as if it is running away from us, always one step ahead.

Happiness resulting from pleasurable choice experiences obtained by giving, receiving, observing and doing is durable, long lasting. With an accumulation of these pleasures in life, the resultant happiness becomes a continuum, no longer pursued but now possessed. This level of happiness is the source of the State of Being Happy which is by definition...Joy!

What Is The Source Of Joy?

Joy is a pure energy of spiritual emotion. Joy is a state of being that is elevated above all physical and tangible events.

The source of joy is pleasure and happiness, choices made on both of those steps that brings the experience of joy into our lives. Lasting investments made for pleasure, not based on things that erode, get lost and can be taken from us. Investing in pleasurable events that bring lasting happiness, resulting in JOY!

Joy is the resultant effect of the physical pleasures and happiness we choose along our journey of life.

En-Joy-ing The Experience and the Jo urne y

Joy is en the Journey! By choosing our pleasures carefully and cultivating the happiness, joy is achieved and can be a constant "state of being".

To learn more about what the steps, choices and options look like to experience more of the joy in the journey, read the suggested titles below.

The Energy of Emotions

Exercise to Expand your Mind, Body, Soul Experience

Speaking The Language Of Unconditional Love

Gratitude And Appreciation


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