I’m currently reading a nonfiction book that has posed this question for me: What is the difference between pleasure and happiness? The book does a marvelous job of explaining the two. Here is my short version for you 😉
Pleasure is quick. It is transient. It is easy to get and even easier to lose. It is the bursting of a firework 🎇
Happiness is the oak. It is slow to grow. It takes longer to develop, but its roots go down deep. It weathers the storm and provides nice shade in the summer 🌳
Pleasure can be healthy or unhealthy. It can be a nice chocolate bon bon, or it can be a binge. It can be a quick conversation, or gossip. It can be a good movie, or a 12-hour movie marathon.
Happiness can only be healthy. It is the state of being in gratitude. It is contentment. It is a happy rainy day or a happy sunny day. The weather doesn’t matter, when it comes to happiness.
Pleasure is of the flesh. It can be selfish and focus only on what “feels good” instead of what is good. It is quick rewards and disregards.
Happiness is of the spirit. It can be content with selflessness and following Christ. It focuses on what God’s word says is good. It is lasting, and considers others.
So I say, walk by the Spirit,
and you will not gratify
the desires of the flesh.
For the flesh desires what
is contrary to the Spirit,
and the Spirit what is contrary
to the flesh.
They are in conflict with
each other, so that you are
not to do whatever you want.
Galatians 5:16-17 NIV
Which one do you choose? Which one do you search for in your own life?
Be happy and God bless,
PS: Oh, the book I’m reading! It is called The Hacking of the American Mind by Robert H. Lustig