The Pleasure Zone
by Stella Resnick, PhD
Good feelings of all kinds promote personal growth, happy relationships, and living life to the fullest. Pleasure is good for us. Yet most of us have learned to hold ourselves back from feeling as good as we can.
This book identifies the Eight Core Pleasures - eight essential ways we need to enjoy life to feel fulfilled. These are:
Letting Go and "Just Being"
Releasing and Resolving Old Hurst
Play, Humor, Movement and Sound
Curiosity, Learning, Positive Thinking
Gratitude, Love, Courage, Enthusiasm
Taking Delight in the Senses
Arousal, Desire, Romance, Abandon
Feeling A Part of Something Good
THE PLEASURE ZONE shows how you may be resisting one or all of these pleasures, how pleasure-resistance can affect health and happiness, and how to use breath and body awareness exercises to give up old habits and chronic tensions and more fully embrace all of life’s joys.
Listen to an interview with Stella on “Core Pleasures”
Think of the Pleasure Zone not as a place but a process. It’s an active way of focusing your attention that centers you in the present moment, releases enormous stores of vitality and optimism, and makes whatever you’re doing considerably more enjoyable.
The common thread linking optimism, feeling good about ourselves, experiencing emotional fulfillment in love and intimacy, enjoying deeply gratifying sex, good physical health, and positive aging, rests in the ability to fully enjoy eight core pleasures: the primal pleasure of timelessness, pain relief, play and humor, as well as mental, emotional, sensual, sexual, and spiritual pleasure.