Came across the terms “synthetic” happiness vs “natural” happiness today in a talk.

To put it simply, natural happiness is when you get what you want; synthetic happiness is when you can be happy without getting the things you want. Sounds paradoxical? Having a plethora of choices can be good – up to a point. Beyond that, range of choices – which many tends to equate to liberation and freedom – can more often than not lead to paralysis. Also, the raising of expectations means after making a choice you are inevitably left with a bitter taste: “It could have been better with the other choice…” This inevitably subtracts from the satisfaction you’d have if there is but a very limited number of choices.

Very enlightening and highly recommended.