What Makes You Feel Good?

Pleasure and pain are two opposite forces, each sending different signals to the brain.

The pleasure signal gives the message: you should be getting more of this.

The pain signal gives the equally, if not more, important message: you probably shouldn’t be doing this.

When you are at work, you deal with these competing signals every day. There are some chores or tasks that bring pleasure, some that bring pain, and some that are most likely neutral.

Is there a way to minimize or control those painful tasks or interactions?

It would be worthwhile to try to do so if possible.

Is there a way to do more of what gives you pleasure?

Definitely find a way to do more of that!

It is often not possible to completely eliminate the painful or negative factors at work, but can you try to reduce them?

When my daughters were of college age and would eventually (fingers double and triple crossed) enter the workforce, I tried to counsel them to make sure they find a career doing something they find enjoyable, pleasurable, or meaningful, while still being self-supporting and financially responsible.

Life is a series of trade-offs, and the best options are those in which we minimize (not eliminate completely) the pain and maximize the pleasure (utility), given all of the various restrictions and variables in our lives.

Sometimes, we are simply filled with joy, and can express ourselves like James Brown did on The Ed Sullivan Show back in 1966.  I challenge you to feel any pain after watching this!


About the author

I am a third generation printer, and a second generation owner of Curry Printing. Ink (pms 185!) must run through my veins! As a "working owner," I am at Curry every day, working in and on my business. The old adage is true...if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life!

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