Pleasure sets in when an enjoyable, usually bodily experienced tension, such as the feeling of hunger, is transformed into a relaxed state. This often happens through external stimuli, such as food, touch, literature, or music. Physical exertion and pleasure are not mutually exclusive, as shown in experiences of nature and the body, for example, during mountaineering, rock climbing, swimming, or sports.
In a good life, where the world is perceived as one of abundance and not of scarcity, the opportunities for pleasure are diverse. Since the sensation of pleasure is a cyclical flow of tension build-up and release, and pleasure itself has a tendency to repetition and increase, it is helpful to pause for thought from time to time. The world often consists of the „not only… but also” and not the „either… or.” Therefore, abstinence and the perception of emptiness also have their place in a world of abundance.
Great pleasure can be discovered through sexual experience. Patriarchal societies have attempted to control female sexual desire by dividing women into categories: those who were either not allowed to practice their sexuality or were strictly regulated, and those who had to participate primarily as objects.
In post-patriarchal societies, women and men determine for themselves whether, in what form and in which context they want to be sexually active by agreeing or not with the other person or persons involved. Financial independence, guaranteed for example through a basic income, also facilitates self-determination of actors in the sexual sphere.