I have alredy read the similar thread, but unfortunately it didn't include useful information to me!
In my eyes, the nuance between these synonymous words is as below:
Between content and satisfied/pleased:
I think satisfied implies "a greater level of happiness".
Note: "pleased" sounds more formal to me.
Content is more just settling.
"Happy" on the other hand I think implies the highest level of satisfaction and elicits the most emotional nuance between these three words.
So to simplify, in my opinion, these words kind of imply a scale of happiness, and from lowest to highest:
Content > Satisfied/Pleased > happy
For instance, I think based on all above-mentioned points, I can say:
- I am content with my life. (Happy)
- I am satisfied / pleased with my life. (Happier)
- I am happy with my life. (The happiest)
- Be content with what you have. (Happy)
- Be satisfied / pleased with what you have. (Happier)
- Be happy with what you have. (The happiest)
Do you confirm my takeaway or there are some additional points that I have to take into consideration?