People travel through life with what seems like a single goal: to be happy. This may seem like a selfish way to live, however this lone objective is the motivation behind nearly all actions. Even seemingly selfless deeds make people feel better about themselves. That warm feeling experienced while doing charitable acts can be described as happiness. But what is authentic happiness? There is an endless possibility of answers to this question, and man seems to be always searching for the solution. Although one may reach his or her goals, there is always still something one strives for in order to be happy. In the book Stumbling on Happiness, Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert takes the reader through
The most universal goal every human has in common is the pursuit of happiness or “creation or construction of happiness” (Achor, 78). To be able to fulfill this wish of becoming happy, people often think the key to achieving happiness is success. In the book, The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, he debunks this theory of success leading to happiness by illustrating the reverse theory of success. Through dozens of studies and experiments as forms of evidence, the author argues that an individual needs to achieve happiness in order to be truly successful. Achor 's argument is valid in that happiness should come before success because there is a clear advantage to being successful in an individual’s work life, personal sphere, and liveliness if they are happy first and foremost.
Veenhoven (2014) not only states that individuals can make themselves happier, but that companies can make their employees happier and governments can even work to make their citizens, and nations as a whole, happier (CITE pg. #). Veenhoven states that, although not all research draws the same conclusions, “obtaining greater happiness is, for a great deal, in our own hands, our happiness depends on conditions we can improve and on abilities we can develop” (p. 1069). However, he does point out that the research does not agree on what the best way to achieve this heightened happiness might be.
“Happiness is important, but is not everything, well-being and virtue are also important, and unhappiness also has its place,” (4). According to Haybron, happiness is a combination of both pleasure and life satisfaction and is most of what matters, but well-being is more important in what makes a life worth living. If happiness was equal to pleasure, then happiness could be comparable to giddiness or moments of great elation. If it were equal to life satisfaction, then happiness could be comparable to the sensation felt when you land a new job, or are surrounded by family. Life satisfaction is determined by your personal attitude towards life at a given time, but should not be a reliable metric in tracking happiness. Haybron writes, “we are interested not mainly in what experiences have been passing through her head lately, but in
Happiness has always been a tricky thing, both to describe and to attain. Most of the great philosophers – Socrates, Hobbes, even (or perhaps especially) Nietzsche – have struggled to find true substance in this area. Aristotle considered it to be the “Supreme Good”, conjecturing that every action, in order to be considered positive, must contribute to the individual’s happiness and conversely that any positive action will inherently make the individual happier. Not in a hedonistic sense, as material pleasure is rarely lasting, but in reason; humans are rational creatures, and in order to attain genuine, lasting happiness we must utilize that quality to make long-term decisions that cause a positive change in either ourselves or our community. While the term “happiness” simply denotes the emotion, this kind of true happiness is better known as bliss. The word “bliss” comes from Old
According to him, gratification is a key for people to have a good life. However, Seligman explains, “[g]ratification dispels self-absorption, and the more one has the flow that gratification produces, the less depressed one is” (119). Although it is clear that people need gratification more than pleasures, he points out that “[t]o start the process of eschewing easy pleasures and engaging in more gratifications is hard” (119). This difficulty of attaining gratification might make people to choose pleasure rather than gratification. Thus, according to Seligman’s definitions of happiness, it is easier for humans to seek pleasure rather than to seek gratification.
To gain happiness, people believe that they should have to change everything about themselves. Meanwhile, when they change themselves they would eventually go back to their old habits. It’s imperative that you’re happy with yourself and have determination to change for the better. The wrong determination to have is to try to fix everything that has gone wrong in their lives. You would need to plan how you’re going to change the way you live. Also, plan how to bring happiness into your life. Assuming changing my relationships with people, how I think of cognitively thinking about things around me, and change the way I see the world.
Defining happiness is hard for some people. Often times, people ask themselves the question “What does it mean to be happy?” Many people find themselves asking this question throughout their lifetime, but only a handful of people find the happiness they desire. For example, too many people in our society strive to become better than everyone else, instead of finding happiness in what they already have. This means that happiness is not something materialistic, but is instead found through intrinsic motivation. Despite its definition online or in the dictionary, each person has their own definition of happiness, including myself. In my opinion, there are three simple, key things to make you happy: love, doing what you love, and finding happiness within oneself.
Care for others. The way this will help you achieve happiness is that when you help others it gives you a warm feeling inside. It makes you feel as if you have done something right. This feeling is almost unexplainable. Helping others is one of the best things you can do. For example, when you complement someone the best feeling is when you see the look on that persons face and see how happy you made them. Also, if you do not care for others you will live a lonely life. Without care for others no one will want to be around you. So, if you care for others you will have a joyous life.
I’m not happy. It’s shouted from toddlers’ mouths, complained from high schoolers jaws, and mumbled through the lips of a nine-to-fivers. There isn’t a magic pill to make these people happy, but that doesn’t mean it's not possible. Creating a life of happiness can be done through a mix of science, engagement, and a drive to achieve the goal of lifetime happiness.
We are often told to be happy and to make others happy but never about the methods to do so. Furthermore, a definition is seldomly given for what happiness is with the few that are provided being generic and unsatisfying. Despite happiness being of high significance to all human beings, few have proper knowledge of it and are inadequate in their explanations. However, philosophers from ancient history to modern times have had various and unique ideas regarding happiness including Bentham, Aristotle, and Schopenhauer, all prominent figures of their time. These philosophers not only provide their own insight on happiness but help develop my personal idea of happiness and how it can be obtained. From their thoughts and my understanding of philosophy , I believe happiness is comprised of a self-guided road towards developing character.
What is happiness? Have you ever wondered what makes you feel happy, or what that feeling is? Happiness isn’t being rich, it isn’t having everything you ever wanted, and it isn’t always feeling the best. When you are happy, you have a great feeling of emotion inside of you. You have a positive mind set for the things you are doing at that moment. Having happiness makes you feel like a better person and you will pass that happiness, “energy,” to all the people around you.
On a Friday night almost nine clocks. I and my family were getting the table dinner ready for our guest for tonight. Everyone seems to be happy that we have company coming in. the bell door rang, I rush to the door to open it. Thomas Jefferson - "The Founding Father" arrived. I was honored to have him in my house. I expected all of them to come together at the same time, so we don't have to wait for others in order to eat. I took him to his seat and I told him to make yourself at home. The doorbell rang again, I opened the door. There was C.S. Lewis, his Holiness the Dalai Lama, Gretchen Rubin and Jennifer Michael Hecht standing in line. I was like thank god they came at the same time. I took them to their seats. Before we began eating I told them how happy am I see them and to eat with them. Everyone started eating, While I was eating I was thinking about how happy am I. I asked myself why am I happy right now. Then, I asked everyone at the table, what makes people happy? Is it freedom, money, or pleasure and desire.