Finding pleasure

It doesn’t have to be January 1st to make big changes in your life. If you resolve to start leading a more whole and fulfilling life, your Ottawa therapist can help. Here are some different activities you can do to find more pleasure in life:


Humans have five well developed senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. Additionally, we also have many other sensory abilities, like temperature and vibration. Except for pleasures that we create in our mind through imagination and memory, the traditional senses are our gateway to every physical pleasure that we feel.

If you are looking to find pleasure in life, take the time to engage every one of your senses, alone and in combination. Engage your sense of sight by visiting an art museum or watching a sunset. Find pleasure through hearing with the sound of robins chirping in the early morning or energetic notes of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Taste velvety smooth dark chocolate or aromatic merlot. Smell fresh cut grass or smoky brewed Andean coffee. Graze your skin with a feather or lock lips with a lover. Focus on every aspect of these sensations and allow the all-encompassing pleasure of sensation to envelop your entire being.

The Mind

We mentioned above that you can also create pleasure through your own mind. Think about remembrances of pleasurable times gone by. Close your eyes, clear your mind, and journey back to memorable events and feelings from your past. Rekindle the pleasure of everything from a childhood Christmas morning to memories of last night’s dinner in the company of good friends. You can also use your imagination to journey and indulge in any thoughts that bring you pleasure, from a future vacation to a fantasy world of love and intimacy. Savour the pleasures that your mind has created and allow yourself to feel joy in treasured moments of the past and imagined moments of the future.

Making the Time

We all understand the importance of pleasure and joy, but it is far too easy to put off these sensations. Perhaps we feel unworthy, or simply aren’t willing to put aside the time because we’re too busy. It takes conscious effort, but give yourself permission to feel and experience pleasure in every part of your body, mind, and spirit.

If you would like any support or resources as you seek to find pleasure in life, schedule an appointment with your Ottawa therapist.