The Seven Sources of Pleasure in Life: Making Way for the Upside in the Midst of Modern Demands

Luciano L'Abate

Language: English

Pages: 241

ISBN: 0313395799

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This book examines a seemingly simple and absolutely essential topic: learning how to enjoy every aspect of your life on a daily basis.

• A great variety of references, ranging from The New Yorker to The Economist

• Exercises within some chapters and at the end of every chapter guide readers towards greater understanding

• Five tables provide valuable supplemental information

• Bibliographic notes are supplied with every chapter

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Finally, evidence suggesting that interests predict WB in the domains of work and leisure is reviewed. Part of living the good life, the authors conclude, means living the interested life. Meir, Melamed and Abu-Freha12 examined the interrelationship among three aspects of congruence (vocational, avocational, and skill utilization) and their relationship to several well-being (WB) measures (occupational satisfaction, job satisfaction, work satisfaction, anxiety, burnout, somatic complaints, and self-esteem).

I perceive rainbows of seven colors; the seventh color is golden daybreak. By Dr. Laura Gail Sweeney from the New Dadaist Collage Poetry Chapbook (http://poetryartandstories. blogspot. com/) This page intentionally left blank Contents Foreword by Edward W. L. Smith Preface Acknowledgments Introduction: The Elements and Meanings of Pleasure and Displeasure ix xi xvii 1 1 Arts and Creativity: Observing, Studying, Watching, and Producing 25 2 Avocations: Doing Whatever You Like When You Want To 65 3 Being, Doing, and Having: The Triangle of Life 73 4 Food: For Survival and for Enjoyment 93 5 Music Does Not Need to Be Loud to Be Enjoyable 135 6 Play Is Just as Important as Work 149 7 The Body: Sensuality, Sensibility, Sexuality, and Sex 161 Conclusion: Moderation, Self-Control, and Self-Monitoring 183 Notes 205 Index 227 This page intentionally left blank Foreword In 1911, speaking through The Devil’s Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce1 defined pleasure as “the least hateful form of dejection.

1 Frugality without creativity is deprivation. 2 [I]magination needs moodling—long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling, and puttering. 3 The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. 4 Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything. 5 To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. 6 Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence.

From the limits of noble courts, music entered in the public sphere, especially with the construction of music halls and theaters. One aspect of a trend toward secularization in music was equivalent to a romantic revolution, as seen also in other arts, such as poetry and painting. With this change from sacred to secular, musicians such as Beethoven achieved the status of geniuses and heroes. Music then was 140 The Seven Sources of Pleasure in Life becoming part of the culture of a country, and in some cases defined it, such as la Marseilles in France and “Deutschland Deutschland uber alles” in Germany.

Check with your physician before doing anything. EXERCISE NO. 4 From the list presented in Table 4. 1, rank-order foods according to the one you enjoy the most to the one you enjoy the least up to as many as 10 items but no more than 10. After you have rank-ordered foods, do the same with liquids but no more than five, from the one you enjoy the most to the one you enjoy the least. Give one or more reasons why you ranked-ordered these foods and liquids the way you did. 5 Music Does Not Need to Be Loud to Be Enjoyable Music of any kind covers an immense range of possibilities, from classical, chamber, musicals, opera, choral, popular, be-bop, etc.

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