Are you happy? Are you satisfied?
Both might or might not have the same answer. Some of you might be satisfied but not happy and some might be happy but not satisfied.
Happiness and Satisfaction in life
Most of the time you confuse these two emotions and use them interchangeably. But are they the same or is there a difference between the two?
“Happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”
Being happy is a state of mind, an emotion you achieve by identifying the reasons you have for happiness. It is not a state of contentment though. It is constantly changing. A person may be happy for achieving something right now, but they might not stay happy for long. The moment something they don’t feel happy about happens, it ruins their happiness.
Happiness is temporary.
“The art of contentment is the recognition that the most satisfying and the most dependably refreshing experiences of life lie not in great things but in little. The great, like humble, might have to find their satisfaction in the same plain things.”
Satisfaction is more like the state of being content with what you have or what you did. Being satisfied with your job or with your results leads to internal bliss. It is that feeling where you are gratified that your desires or demands have been met. That makes you feel the inner peace.
But the truth is, even the satisfaction doesn’t last for long if you are not careful with your desires. Both the feelings are separate but intertwined.
Can you have both ‘happiness and satisfaction in life’?
The question is, can you be happy and satisfied both at the same time? Can you be satisfied even if you are not happy or happy even when you have no satisfaction for miles? Meeting your heart’s desire can make you happy, but does it truly satisfy you?
For instance, if you bought your favorite car with your dad’s money, it will make you happy and you’ll be jumping with joy. But this happiness tends to decrease as you get used to the idea of having a car and driving it around every day.
On the other hand, if you buy the same car with your own hard-earned money, you will not only achieve happiness but satisfaction too. Knowing how much of your blood you have put into buying the car. The happiness might fade here also after a while but the satisfaction will never do.
So, yes you can be.
Happiness is Measurable while Satisfaction is not
Another thing to ponder over is, although these two sound the same, happiness is measurable, satisfaction is not. How? Take an example.
When you eat your favorite food or have a child, it is a cause of happiness for you. And when you don’t have the factors that promote happiness in you, you are not happy anymore. So, measuring happiness is easy, figuring out what makes you happy is measuring the happiness quotient in a person.
On the contrary, satisfaction has no measuring units. Two people with the same amount of bank balance don’t have to be satisfied. One may be satisfied with their achievement and the other one, maybe dis-satisfied at having so little.
Happiness can be shared but not satisfaction
Happiness can be enjoyed with others but satisfaction is a blissful state of mind which can only be enjoyed from within. Like buying a new dress makes you happy but buying a burger for an orphaned kid will give you a blissful state of satisfaction, even if you had to spend money doing that.
It can be surmised from the above discussion that although the two terms can be used interchangeably. In case of a person who has achieved the highest peak of satisfaction with their current state of life, satisfaction leads to happiness and dissatisfaction with life can lead to long-term unhappiness in a person.
Both happiness and satisfaction in life aren’t constant, they come and go. It depends upon a person to sustain being satisfied with what they have rather than constantly cribbing for what they don’t. And in most cases, if you have learned to be satisfied, you will automatically achieve happiness.