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									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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