Daily Archives: August 5, 2008

Is happiness the greater good?

Sunset of joy.

“We excel at making a living but often fail at making a life.
We celebrate out prosperity but yearn for purpose.
We cherish our freedoms but long for connection.
In an age of plenty, we feel spiritual hunger.” David G. Myers

What is happiness? Really, what is happiness? Do you really know?

Hedonic happiness is

Eudaemonic happiness is

Is happiness gratification?

Is happiness an emotional state or is it the state of well-being?

In ancient times happiness was thought to be the pursuit of understanding your being. What if happiness was an ethical state rather than a psychological state, how would that change your meaning of happiness?

Is freedom happiness?

Is the pursuit of pleasure happiness?

From an essay written by John Perry Barlow titled “The pursuit of emptiness” he writes, “Of my legion friends and acquaintances who have become citizens of Prozac Nation, I have never heard any of them claim that these drugs bring them any closer to actual happiness.”

Perhaps chasing happiness is the wrong goal if it isn’t tied to a greater purpose, a purpose that is tied to the greater good. What do you think?