Pleasant: = extra brown sugar and salt on my morning oatmeal (yum...yum...yum)
Beneficial: = plain steel-cut oats (ho hum)
Bonus Combo: Things that are pleasant and beneficial, like the chai protein smoothie I created today. :)
Pleasant: Staying up super late mindlessly reading celeb gossip on Yahoo until I can't keep my eyes open anymore (I like to call it "unwinding")
Beneficial: Prioritizing sleep by getting in bed early, allowing a margin of time for a good fix of fiction, and then calling it a day at a reasonable time (But this takes discipline and I won't know who wore it best!)
Pleasant: Skipping it because I am tired
Beneficial: Moving my bod anyway, but being gentle with the work-out choice and duration
Pleasant: not doing it
Beneficial: doing it (ugh)
You get the idea.
When I apply pleasant/beneficial to my words, a whole new level of accountability rises to the top. It's similar to the Buddhist perspective of asking if your words are helpful, true and kind before speaking.
For example, my sense of humor can be a bit dry and sarcastic.
Pleasant: Getting a laugh because I am *clever*
Beneficial: Choosing my words carefully to create a positive impact and loving environment instead of a critical one (But this is hardly as fun and it takes thought, time and effort!)
Dang. So much self-censoring to do. And I guess that's the beneficial choice to make.