Pleasure

Exercising means different activities and different levels of intensity. It is for everyone; the young and the elderly.

Even the simplest sport activity can be enjoyable as long as we turn it into a “flow” experience that attracts our interest, has goals, immediate results, attracts our attention, and our abilities are proportional to its difficulties.

Any activity is worthwhile for the enjoyment it offers and not for other purposes, such as health, fitness, and fashion.

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By nature we are attracted to tasty foods and drinks. However we cannot enjoy all due to a variety of reasons. Some are costly, affordable by few. Other, are harmful to health. To some we are getting addicted and become dependent on them. On the other hand we often have to follow a certain diet out of necessity or for health reasons.

Whatever the reason may be we should always introduce tasty recipes in our diet which are befitting our health and financial conditions. We should take control over our diet by withstanding the pressures from within as well as without.

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Sexuality is certainly the most enjoyable experience, after water and food. Like any pleasure, too much sex is harmful to our health.

There are ways to transform sexuality into a permanent enjoyable experience. We can for example give it variety, interest and a challenge. But sexuality really grows if it takes on a psychological dimension through romance, the sharing of emotions and promises.

A new dimension of sexuality is revealed when along with the physical pleasure and romance, there is also an interest between the sexual partners for the success of their personal goals.

However, in order to remain fresh it needs to be updated and reinforced with joint activities, such as traveling, reading, art, sports.

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Having a shelter is a natural and necessary pleasure. We cannot live without it. However in the Epicurean mode of life fulfilling this instinctive desire is not enough to living happily. We should look for the type of shelter we like and enjoy living in. Choosing a house disregarding our feelings will eventually cause distress.

Based on our feelings, which house will we choose? Reason should evaluate the alternative options. It should predominantly take into account our real needs and our finances. We should no spend all our savings and disposable income on purchasing and repaying the mortgage of the house of our dreams. It is wise to leave adequate balances to satisfy other essential needs.

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The main determinants of health include the social and economic environment, the physical environment, and the person's individual characteristics and behaviors.

The maintenance and promotion of health is achieved through different combination of physical, mental, and social well-being.

Health is not just a state, but also a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities.

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The Epicurean art of life relates the Meaning of our Life to the feelings. The way we feel is the rule by which we measure our happiness. Feeling good and having fun is the Epicurean mode of living happily while pleasure is the highest good in life. In other words, in the Epicurean model of life our perceptions of life, thoughts and decisions are valued in relation to the pleasant feelings they create. Everything we plan and decide aims at feeling good and everything else is but a means to safeguarding and increasing pleasure.

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