Leisure vs. Pleasure

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Leisure and Pleasure is that the Leisure is a time that is freely disposed by individuals and Pleasure is a broad class of mental states that humans and other animals experience as positive, enjoyable, or worth seeking

  • Leisure

    Leisure has often been defined as a quality of experience or as free time. Free time is time spent away from business, work, job hunting, domestic chores, and education, as well as necessary activities such as eating and sleeping. Situationist International proposes that leisure does not evolve from free time, and free-time is an illusory concept that is rarely fully “free”; economic and social forces appropriate free time from the individual and sell it back to them as the commodity known as “leisure”. Certainly most people’s leisure activities are not a completely free choice and may be constrained by social pressures, e.g. people may be coerced into spending time gardening by the need to keep up with the standard of neighbouring gardens or go to a party because of social pressures.

    Leisure as experience usually emphasizes dimensions of perceived freedom and choice. It is done for “its own sake”, for the quality of experience and involvement. Other classic definitions include Thorsten Veblen’s (1899) of “nonproductive consumption of time.” Different disciplines have definitions reflecting their common issues: for example, sociology on social forces and contexts and psychology as mental and emotional states and conditions. From a research perspective, these approaches have an advantage of being quantifiable and comparable over time and place.Leisure studies and sociology of leisure are the academic disciplines concerned with the study and analysis of leisure. Research has shown that practicing creative leisure activities is interrelated with the emotional creativity. Recreation differs from leisure in that it is a purposeful activity that includes the experience of leisure in activity contexts. Economists consider that leisure times are valuable to a person like wages that they could earn for the same time spend towards the activity. If it were not, people would have worked instead of taking leisure. However, the distinction between leisure and unavoidable activities is not a rigidly defined one, e.g. people sometimes do work-oriented tasks for pleasure as well as for long-term utility. A related concept is social leisure, which involves leisurely activities in social settings, such as extracurricular activities, e.g. sports, clubs. Another related concept is that of family leisure. Relationships with others is usually a major factor in both satisfaction and choice.

    The concept of leisure as a human right was realised in article 24 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

  • Pleasure

    Pleasure is a broad class of mental states that humans and other animals experience as positive, enjoyable, or worth seeking. It includes more specific mental states such as happiness, entertainment, enjoyment, ecstasy, and euphoria. The early psychological concept of pleasure, the pleasure principle, describes it as a positive feedback mechanism that motivates the organism to recreate the situation it has just found pleasurable, and to avoid past situations that caused pain.The experience of pleasure is subjective and different individuals experience different kinds and amounts of pleasure in the same situation. Many pleasurable experiences are associated with satisfying basic biological drives, such as eating, exercise, hygiene, sleep, and sex. The appreciation of cultural artifacts and activities such as art, music, dancing, and literature is often pleasurable.Based upon the incentive salience model of reward – the attractive and motivational property of a stimulus that induces approach behavior and consummatory behavior – an intrinsic reward has two components: a “wanting” or desire component that is reflected in approach behavior, and a “liking” or pleasure component that is reflected in consummatory behavior. While all pleasurable stimuli are rewards, some rewards do not evoke pleasure.

  • Leisure (noun)

    Freedom provided by the cessation of activities.

  • Leisure (noun)

    Free time, time free from work or duties.

  • Leisure (noun)

    Time at one’s command, free from engagement; convenient opportunity; hence, convenience; ease.

  • Pleasure (noun)

    A state of being pleased.

    “He remembered with pleasure his home and family.”

    “I get a lot of pleasure from watching others work hard while I relax.”

  • Pleasure (noun)

    A person, thing or action that causes enjoyment.

    “It was a pleasure to meet you.”

    “Having a good night’s sleep is one of life’s little pleasures.”

  • Pleasure (noun)

    One’s preference.

    “What is your pleasure: coffee or tea?”

  • Pleasure (noun)

    The will or desire of someone or some agency in power.

    “to hold an office at pleasure: to hold it indefinitely until it is revoked”

    “to be imprisoned at Her Majesty’s pleasureupright|: to be imprisoned indefinitely”

    “at Congress’s pleasure: whenever or as long as Congress desires”

  • Pleasure (interjection)

    pleased to meet you

  • Pleasure (verb)

    To give or afford pleasure to; to please; to gratify.

  • Pleasure (verb)

    To give sexual pleasure to.

    “Johnny pleasured Jackie orally last night.”

  • Pleasure (verb)

    To take pleasure; to seek or pursue pleasure.

    “to go pleasuring”

  • Pleasure (noun)

    a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment

    “she smiled with pleasure at being praised”

  • Pleasure (noun)

    enjoyment and entertainment, as opposed to necessity

    “she had not travelled for pleasure for a long time”

  • Pleasure (noun)

    an event or activity from which one derives enjoyment

    “the car makes driving in the city a pleasure”

  • Pleasure (noun)

    sensual gratification

    “the touch of his fingers gave her such pleasure”

  • Pleasure (adjective)

    used or intended for entertainment rather than business

    “pleasure boats”

  • Pleasure (verb)

    give sexual enjoyment or satisfaction to

    “tell me what will pleasure you”

  • Pleasure (verb)

    derive enjoyment from

    “risky verbal exchanges that the pair might pleasure in”

Oxford Dictionary

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