Monday, 7 February 2011

Strongest form of satisfaction

There is a difference between pleasure and satisfaction. Pleasure is the act or state of feeling gratified. Satisfaction is the fulfilment of gratification. Pleasure precedes or succeeds satisfaction and is of two types – intended pleasure and unintended pleasure. Intended pleasure is expected pleasure and unintended pleasure is unexpected pleasure.

If sex is an intended pleasure, one experiences satisfaction at its culmination. If smoking a post-lunch cigarette is heavenly, the resultant feeling is satisfying. These are examples of pleasure preceding satisfaction.

If the feeling of owning a luxury car is satisfying, the joy of driving it is pleasurable. If stocking up on psychedelic drugs offer relief and satisfaction, using them offer pleasure. These are examples of pleasure succeeding satisfaction.

While all of the above are examples of intended pleasure, the greatest form of satisfaction truly comes from unintended pleasure. An act of surprise, a random act of kindness, a gift, watching a rare bird, witnessing an impromptu gig or a compliment from a stranger.