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?

3 responses to “Is happiness the greater good?

  1. We (primarily those of the western hemisphere) spend waaayyy too much time and energy trying to understand happiness.

    What we need to do is (like the song used to say) “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”.

    If you want to know what happiness is, watch the little children. Watch how they act before we put all the ideas about possessions into their heads.

    Life is as good as I allow it to be.

  2. Perhaps we have confused happiness with amusement – the temporary moment of joy.

    Happiness can be if we let it.

  3. I think to be happy we need to understand what we can shed and what we should value.

    As a nation I think people are beginning to understand more that materialism is not the anwser. Neither is working to the exclusion of all else around us.

    More and more studies show that people say they are happiest when helping other, helping a good cause.

    We are made to connect with one another, to be social. In caring for others and ourselves we can find happiness.

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