Happiness or Satisfaction (Classic Chicken and the Egg Question)

chickeneggThis meme is mad funny. Along the same line as the classic question of which came first–the chicken or the egg–I asked a group of friends the following recently: Would you rather be happy or satisfied? Which comes first? It’s just so hard to define happiness. But satisfaction, having everything you need, you can check things off the list on the way to fullness. My cousin Tiya hit me off with this reply, which I thought was so brilliant I decided to share it here.

Satisfaction is a catalyst and measurement to our happiness. They both are temporary states of mind, rather than permanent states of being. Both rely heavily on our current perception and acceptance of ‘where we are in life’ at the time… which in turn for Christians of faith, means our happiness and satiation correlate to our faith and spiritual state, at the time.

I enjoyed Tiya’s reply and it gave my mind much to chew on. In the end, maybe it’s best to be happily satisfied. (Laugh Out Loud). Or more seriously, maybe it’s best to maintain the best possible faith and spiritual state. “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you” (Phillipians 4:8-9).

What do you think?


James Fant is an author of inspirational romance and suspense. He lives in South Carolina, where the mountains and the beaches have befriended him. His books include:

Fourteen Pages
An Ode for Orchids
Close the Door
The Secret Branch
The Mended Fence


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