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What is the difference between happiness and satisfaction?

As I wonder every time about the philosophy of life, the question that make me think again and again that a man having satisfaction of particular thing is a happy? or can happy man considered as fully satisfied? Or happiness and satisfaction are the two sides of coins?


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  • Oct 10 2013: When I struggle to see the difference between similar words, I often times find it useful to look towards associated words to more fully flesh out my conception. I would say that satisfaction, as a word and concept, is related to fulfillment. It requires that one feels as if an act/event/period has been appropriately finished, preferably successfully and to completion (though I am not sure that either is required). Happiness, on the other hand, is closer to joy. Thus, it is more free-form and less defined. Perhaps it would be useful to put it more concretely (though my example obviously requires subjective adjustments); one can feel fulfilled (but might not) after painting a beautiful field of flowers, but one can feel happy (but might not) sitting in that field. On a personal level, I find that happiness makes me feel as if I would like to move and laugh without reason, while fulfillment leads to me sitting down with a grin.

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