Monday, February 24, 2014

Happiness Vs Pleasure

"Pleasure does not bring happiness; it only brings an increasing hunger for more pleasure." -Orrin Woodward

I recently came across a paragraph, in the book "Leadership: Tidbits and treasures" by Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward”, that putted this in better words than I ever could. Here’s what Chris Brady had to say about Happiness/Pleasure bellow:

“It is common to hear people say, “I just want to be happy.” And who does not? It’s certainly much better to be happy than sad. Good times are better to experience than bad. But pursuing happy is a little off the mark. It is like trying to grab smoke.
Whenever we make happiness our goal, we set ourselves for a futile chase. First, we do something that we think will make us happy. Then, once that pleasure is through, we move on to the next. Usually, the pleasures have to escalate to continue to satisfy, and we find ourselves in an endless climb. From pleasure to pleasure we go, never really finding happiness.”

-From "Leadership: Tidbits and treasures" by Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward. Page 275"

I often stop myself to wonder if what I’m doing will bring me pleasure or happiness. If happiness is the goal then I think it’s important to ask such questions just to be on the right track. I find pleasure to be more easily accessible. Pleasure is often associated with to a sin.

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