When was the last time you were intentional about your happiness.

Some people might worry that Aristotle is wrong in making this claim by presuming that happiness is a state of mind rather than a constant pursuit in which a person must actively strive for throughout the entirety of ones life.

Each person has a completely different view of happiness and how to achieve it.

Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie characters who follow their misconstrued dreams struggle towards happiness....


Happiness can only be given by the amount of effort a person gives.

Happiness is "the Good" because it is the only end man pursues with no other end in mind....

But, other people do not think happiness is the good goal in life because there are some other factors can affect the happiness such as trust, satisfaction with job, satisfaction with family's life, marriage, etc....


Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness - …

There are many strands to this confusing story of happiness. One important theme relates to our definition. Many of the self-help gurus emphasise wealth, career success and fame as indicators of our progress towards happiness. But for the Greek philosophers the goal was “eudaimonia” which is more accurately translated as tranquillity or inner well-being. The Buddhist sages had a similar end in mind.

Seven Pleasures : Essays on Ordinary Happiness by …

A careful study of the works of philosophers and others trying to understand happiness draws us to a startling conclusion – the effort to try to feel happy is often precisely the thing that makes us miserable! As I explained in a previous essay, our constant efforts to eliminate the negative – insecurity, uncertainty, failure and sadness – is what actually causes us to be insecure, anxious, uncertain or unhappy.

Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness by …

Reading the literature on happiness I have uncovered a few uncomfortable truths. I am a naturally optimistic person. Many of the self-help gurus exhort us to be positive. And I guess most of us would believe that being optimistic about the future, if you can manage it, is surely for the best.

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I have also come across those commenting on happiness who maintain that they can’t be happy whilst there are injustices in the world. One leftist writer in a recent essay maintained that she could never be happy whilst Australia had a policy of “turning back the boats” or failed to take what she believed were reasonable steps to respond to global warming This seems a futile exercise to me because there will always be such perceived injustices. The world is far from perfect and if we will have to wait for perfect outcomes before we can experience well-being then we are surely destined to live miserable lives!