1) Pleasant decisions. The most important goal when making a pleasant decision is not to solve the problem in a lasting, sustainable, permanent fashion. Instead, the goal is to convince yourself that you're addressing the issue at hand while really the underlying aim is to avoid hardship that may potentially happen when making a "right" decision.
2) Right/true decisions. Right decisions are harder to make, most of the time. The goal is to solve the problem without any loose ends. They're usually harder to make because every choice means abandoning one option in favor of another. The more difficult the problem to solve, the more difficult it will naturally be to make the right decision.
To help you follow my train of thought on this, here's an example. You're in a relationship that you've built together, but run into groundbreaking issues that cannot be solved. The easy, pleasant decision might be to stay together anyway and try to ignore the problem. Maybe with time, things will iron out - right?
No. That's easy. It's pleasant, it's a safety mechanism to protect you from pain. Addressing these issues and taking necessary measures would be the true choice. And if the measure necessary is to break up - so be it. Hard, painful, not easy. But this is what ultimately solves a problem.
I'm telling you all this because it can be applied to any choice or decision that presents itself, and I just so happen to have had my own tough choices to make recently. I tried to do things the right way, but I can't say that the other party involved in the process did. That's what motivated me to write this in the end, although I've been thinking about it for a while.
In a way, you can blame almost all our problems on everyone doing things the easy way. Running out of oil? Start a war, we need that oil at the moment. We'll deal with whatever problems arise later. Refugees? Build walls, we'll figure something out and then we'll see. Running out of arguments? Try violence. Scared of being with someone and facing issues that might come with it? Well, call it off then. Your company invested millions and lost it all? Blame someone else, never own up to it. Need to stay ahead of your rivals in your market niche? Produce in China, use slave children to work for you.
I hate the pleasant way more than anything else. It shows cowardice and an inability to stay above it all and take all factors into consideration, then make calm and intelligent, sustainable decisions. The profits of doing things the easy way exist - they're real. But they're short lived and the potential harm is often larger than if you'd made done things the right way from the start.
It's the slow, dreadful death by a thousand cuts rather than the one swift, clean cut. Neither are pretty, but one does the job much faster and cleaner than the other, with much less suffering.
Do things the right way. Don't be a coward. Life sucks at times, deal with it. The good times will be all the better for it.
PS: lichter shoutout -__-