Pleasure vs Happiness
Happiness is often said to be a "gift for making the most of life" or "enjoying the simple things."
Pleasure is a hedonic reflex, a burning impulse to abandon rational thought altogether and immerse oneself in the moment.
Happiness is an abstraction, constructed from our social and moral identities -- a carefree stroll on the beach, 2.3 children and a white picket fence, a sense of accomplishment.
The pleasure instinct, like the survival instinct, is pure biological imperative fueled by an ephemeral reward so fevered and beautiful with desire that it can drive us to extraordinary lengths.
Happiness is a Norman Rockwell painting hanging over your fireplace on a cold winter's eve.
Pleasure is the warmth and aesthetic beauty of the flames, the heat beating on your skin.
Gene Wallenstein, The Pleasure Instinct