Pleasure is gratification, whether it’s given or received. Everyone has desires, and when those desires get fulfilled, that’s gratification.

You’re reading this sentence to understand the word gratification, and soon you’ll know it back and forth, which will give you a feeling of gratification. The word comes from the Latin gratificari, meaning “give or do as a favor,” and a deeper root is gratus, which means “pleasing, thankful.” Doing a favor for someone is a surefire ways to create a sense of gratification, both for them and for yourself, being such a kind, giving person.

Definitions of gratification
  1. noun
    the act or an instance of satisfying
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    the act of achieving full gratification
    head trip, self-gratification
    the act of satisfying your own desires and giving yourself pleasure
    humoring, indulgence, indulging, pampering
    the act of indulging or gratifying a desire
    the act of one who pleases
    decadence, intemperance, intemperateness, self-indulgence
    excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence
    excess, overindulgence
    excessive indulgence
    binge, orgy, splurge
    any act of immoderate indulgence
    type of:
    act of fulfilling a desire or need or appetite
  2. noun
    state of being gratified or satisfied
    “dull repetitious work gives no gratification
    “to my immense gratification he arrived on time”
    synonyms: satisfaction
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    quality of life
    your personal satisfaction (or dissatisfaction) with the cultural or intellectual conditions under which you live (as distinct from material comfort)
    satisfaction or physical well-being provided by a person or thing
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    emotional state, spirit
    the state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection)
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