Yvonne Kiaupa Posted 5 months ago What is the difference between happiness and satisfaction? Happiness is a temporary state of mind most often based on circumstances. You can be happy one moment getting a coffee at Starbucks and then on the way out your lid pops off spills all over your shirt and there goes your happiness. Everyone's always looking for a constant state of happiness which is not possible they will only realize that even though they find it they can't keep it. One moment you have it another moment you don't. It's like a one night stand. Satisfaction is when no matter what you have or what state of mind you are in it is enough. It is like a marriage. It is meant to be long term it is a place of rest.