You can decide what gives you pain and pleasure. Outside of physical pain and pleasure, it is up to you. You can tell yourself you experience pleasure when you eat pizza or when you eat a salad. You can tell yourself hanging out with a crowd is painful or your favorite activity. We are lucky to live in a world where so much of our pain and pleasure is a product of our own thinking. It gives us so much power to affect and change our lives. You can choose to be happy or satisfied with what you do. You can also decide to associate pain with activities you wish to do less of causing yourself to subconsciously do them less. Its a very beneficial connection. Lately I’ve told myself that what makes me happy is eating healthy and exercising. I want to eat salads and I want to go to the gym everyday. This was a conscious decision I made and now I don’t subconsciously reach for the dessert as often. We decide what gives us pain and pleasure. What will you decide?