Essay about Three Types of Happiness

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“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” -- Denis Waitley

Many people believe that happiness is simply a state of well being; to me, happiness is much more complex. Absolute happiness is anything that brings feelings of pure bliss to an individual’s life. One can gain happiness from simple pleasures of life, such as receiving a kiss from a three-year old, to advanced pleasures, such as a happy marriage or a successful career. Dr. Seligman, a well known psychologist and proponent of positive psychology, identified three types of happiness: pleasant life, engaged life, and meaningful life. Although Dr.
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Right now, I feel as if I have learned a great deal from the obstacles I had faced, and I have matured more and more by the lessons I have gained from them. Having found which path I am to take in my future life, I am perfectly content with my situation in life at this instance, and nothing could make me happier.

According to Seligman, the final form of happiness, “pleasant life” happiness, is considered a short cut to happiness, and not as significant as “engaged life” or “meaningful life” happiness. “Pleasant life” happiness is defined as simplistic events that bring pleasure to oneself. Contrary to Seligman’s belief, it is my notion that “pleasant life” happiness is equivalent to both “engaged life” and “meaningful life” happiness. For example, every summer my family and I go blackberry picking at a nearby field. The day starts off with the four of us biking on a winding trail to reach the field of blackberries. It is pure bliss to feel the warm wind rush through my hair as I speed down a sloping hill on my bicycle. After about an hour of relaxing bike riding, my family and I finally reach our destination. Laughing, I race my sister to the nearest blackberry bush. Trying hard to avoid the stinging pain of the blackberry’s many thorns,

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