amiranatsheh | Research: Pleasure vs. Enjoyment
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Key words:

enjoyment / pleasure / flow / happiness / Csikszentmihalyi

 

Notes:

  • Pleasurable experiences do not provide us with growth.
  • Examples of pleasurable experiences: sleeping in, eating junk food, etc.
  • Enjoyment: is a “forward movement: a sense of novelty, of accomplishment.”
  • Enjoyment is when you do something that challenges your skills: adding extra reps to your exercise, writing a 2000 word article, beating previous records, learning a new skill, engaging in deep conversation that is on your level or above, etc.
  • “We may not equate enjoyable things with fun at the time.”
  • Important paragraph in the article pulled from the book “Flow” under the heading “Fulfilment, True Happiness & Entering the State of Flow.”
  • Important check list in the article for describing an enjoyable experience.

 

Thoughts:

I think this makes a lot of sense now as I look back at the activities that I do on a daily basis. Some are enjoyable, like exercise; I enjoy it after I’m done and I remember it as “fun.” While other activities, like binging on tv series are pleasurable; I feel good in the moment, but then it seems like a waste of time and that can make me feel really bad afterwards. I wonder what others do in their leisure time and how they feel about it. Are people who participate in enjoyable activities happier with their lives than others who don’t?

 

Validity of Source:

3/5

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