Written by DiveThru Team
Reviewed by Natalie Asayag MSW, LCSW
Feeling Satisfied: A Guide To Your Emotions
Published May 10th, 2021 & updated on May 20th, 2021
Ahhh, satisfaction. It’s such a customer service-y type of word, isn’t it? If you’ve ever shopped online (duh, of course you have!) then maybe you’ve received one of those “rate your satisfaction on a scale of 1-10” surveys in your inbox before. As far as emotions go, we hope right now you’re feelin’ a solid 10! Because there’s really nothing better than feeling satisfied!
We’re reallyyy into talking about our feels around here (if you couldn’t already guess!).
So, let’s dive thru feeling satisfied, how it impacts your mental wellbeing and some ways you can really embrace this feeling.
A Deeper Look At Feeling Satisfied
So you’re feeling satisfied. You know how it FEELS, but what does it really mean? Let’s take a lil’ look at a dictionary definition, just for good measure. Merriam-Webster defines the word satisfied as: “adj. pleased or content with what has been experienced or received.” Basically, you’re happy as a fuckin’ clam. (Are clams really that happy? We dunno. Maybe someone should send them a customer satisfaction survey to their shell-phones.)
We can feel satisfied with our education if we feel that we’ve learned a lot and have grown our skills. We can feel satisfied at our jobs if we feel valued and enjoy the work we do. And we can feel satisfied with our relationships if we feel supported and our emotional needs are met. So what does it all come down to? Feeling happy, content and at peace. That’s what satisfaction is all about!
Another major perk about feeling satisfied is that we have some say in it! If you’re not satisfied in one or more areas of your life, you can make small changes to suit your needs. And if you ever need some help or guidance along the way, there’s zero shame in asking for it! Whether it’s a trustworthy friend, a family member or your therapist — talk about it. You’ll figure it out!
How Feeling Satisfied Shows Up Mentally
Feeling satisfied improves your mental wellbeing. If you’re happy and feeling good in general, that means your mind is gonna be in a good place. Here are some of the ahhh-mazing mental symptoms of feeling satisfied and happy:
- Improved mood
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Increased attentiveness and focus
- Boost in productivity
- Spark of creativity
- Improved analytical skills
- More good thoughts
- Increased motivation
When we’re satisfied, our brains release the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin (AKA, happy hormones) that make us feel really, really good. And when we’re feelin’ good? It shows! We smile a lil’ wider and our perspective is a whole lot brighter. We’re content and can truly enjoy the present for what it is. And even better? It can give us the motivation to keep pursuing this feeling! ‘Cause we want it to last.
How Feeling Satisfied Shows Up Physically
Satisfaction and happiness don’t just improve your mental wellbeing. The physical benefits are pretty impressive too! When all is well in our brains, it sends signals to our bodies. Yeppp, everything’s a-okay here! Carry on. Check out the physical signs of feeling satisfied, ‘cause they’re 10/10:
- Reduced cortisol levels
- Decreased blood pressure
- Strengthened immune system
- Improved sleep
- Improved digestion
- Reduced pain
- Lengthened lifespan
No stress, no worries, no problemo. When your mind is at ease, guess what? Your body follows suit! There are no stress hormones coursing through your veins. Just those happy hormones that we mentioned! So, it turns out happiness is great for your physical health because it keeps your body regulated (you might even live longer!).
5 Ways To Embrace Feeling Satisfied
Journaling is one of our all-time fave practices for exploring our feels. Try writing out exactly how you’re feeling and what made you feel this way! Expressing your feelings can give you clarity and feels really great, so jot it all down in detail! Your hand might start to cramp, but so what? 100% worth it.
2. Visualize Your Happy Place
We all have that happy place in our minds. It could be a cozy bookstore on the snowy mountainside with a crackling fireplace. Maybe it’s the beaches where you sun-bathed during your last vacay. Whatever your happy place in your mind is, go there! Picturing someplace that makes you feel at peace can help lift your mood and put into perspective what really matters to you.
3. Engage In Compassionate Self-Talk
Finding that satisfied feeling isn’t always easy, that’s for sure! So when the last thing you wanna do is laugh, try these compassionate self-talk phrases on for size. Things might suck right now, but I know I’ll look back on this and laugh. This won’t be such a big deal to me in the future. I can get through this. The less you take yourself seriously, the easier on yourself you’ll be!
4. Practice Gratitude
Showing gratitude for what brings us happiness and satisfaction is always a good idea. Gratitude can look like simply taking notice of the good things in life and showing them appreciation. That might involve writing a list of things that bring you joy, volunteering in your community, or showing acts of kindness to the people who make your life better. Whatever it may be, gratitude is the gift that keeps on givin’.
5. Connect With A Friend
Feelin’ satisfied? Feelin’ good? Time to connect with a friend and just have a good time. Text them, FaceTime, or ask to hang out. Feeling connected to someone who uplifts you is the shit! Tell them how amazing you’re feeling and spread those positive feels.
Thanks for diving thru this emotion with us, friend. We hope you find alllll the satisfaction in the world, ‘cause you deserve it!