PLEASURE WHAT IS PLEASURE? CONSIDER: It is important to make time to do things • Am I satisfied with the amount of that give you a sense of pleasure. This pleasure in my life? means engaging in activities that are • If not, how could I enhance this? purely enjoyable in their own right. • What are the barriers to having WHAT’S THE POINT? greater pleasure in my life? Often when we are busy, we feel guilty about taking time out for ourselves. EVIDENCE However, incorporating pleasurable The incorporation of pleasure in people’s activities into your lifestyle can be lifestyles has been found to significantly beneficial in that they help protect you increase life satisfaction1. from negative emotional states such as burnout. You may not accomplish FURTHER LINKS anything by going to the movies or Enhancing Pleasure getting a massage, but it makes you feel (Chapter 7: Happiness in the present) good, simply because it is pleasurable. in Seligman, M. E. P. (2002). Authentic Happiness. New York: Free Press. HOW DO I DO IT? Approaches to Happiness Questionnaire It is important to plan for pleasurable http://www.authentichappiness.sas. activities in your week, as often it is easy upenn.edu/questionnaires.aspx to forget the importance of pleasure when you are busy.
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