Definitions: (1) agreeable to the mind or the senses, beautiful; pleasurable; (2) having an agreeable manner; amiably cheerful; (3) presenting an attractive appearance; elegant; (4) merry; jesting; jocular; (5) lively playfulness; sportive
Synonyms: amusing, good-humored, gratifying, humorous, jocose, witty
Too Far: hedonistic
Quote: Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success. — Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888) American writer
Comment: If your goal is strictly pleasure, comfort, and the accouterments of an easy life, then you will work to acquire those things. But admit what you are passing up to satisfy the pleasure goal. Pleasure has its value, but so do any and all of the other individual qualities. Life is sweetest when you are in the process of acquiring a wide range of qualities. Pleasure for oneself without care for others will only lead to selfishness.
• Beware the enslaving power of pleasure.
• Take heed of the tyranny of the distraction.
• It takes courage and insight to choose a life that includes, but also transcends, pleasure.