Imagine having a massage, but it's not a normal deep-tissue massage. Something would happen that provides more than 'relief wrapped in pain'. Rather, a thorough, continual, never-before-felt pleasure.

When you take a small risk and the resultant feeling is FAR better and something you never expected and probably haven't experienced.

In some cases, you knew it could have happened to you, but definitely weren't expecting the level or type of pleasure.

Similar phrases that don't seem to hit the mark:

  • almost a visceral, pleased shock
  • a surprising satisfaction
  • a delightful surprise

Here's a similar question, where the answer is "striking". But, I'm not looking for an adjective describing the object that causes the feeling. I'm looking for what the person feels.

If a single word is difficult to find, I'd prefer a 2-word phrase using common words.

  • unexpected pleasure doesn't describe the level of pleasure
  • treat is too "candy-like" and not as "continual"
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    Perhaps euphoric?
    – jacksmith
    Commented Mar 9, 2017 at 16:58
  • @jacksmith that's dang near ;D Commented Mar 9, 2017 at 17:02

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Euphoria: a feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness. "the euphoria of success will fuel your desire to continue training"

  • The OP seems to want a noun. Thus euphoria
    – Jim
    Commented Mar 9, 2017 at 17:21
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    Elation is good, too. Commented Mar 9, 2017 at 17:35

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