Happiness - Some Thoughts on Happiness

“He is happy who lives in accordance with complete virtue and is sufficiently equipped with external goods, not for some chance period but throughout a complete life.” (Nicomachean Ethics) 1101a10

According to Aristotle, happiness is the achievement of all the goods such as health, wealth, knowledge, family, friends etcetera throughout ones lifetime which then leads to the perfection and enrichment of human nature and human life.

In simple language, what is happiness or eudemonia (Greek)? According to Wikipedia, “Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.” 

These are some great quotes about happiness:

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

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.  Mahatma Gandhi

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. Agnes Repplier

True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.  Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens.  Douglas William Jerrold

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.  Thomas Merton

Happiness is that state of consciousness, which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.  Ayn Rand

Happiness is an inside job.  William Arthur Ward

Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels.  Bertolt Brecht

When what we are is what we want to be, that's happiness.  Malcolm Forbes

It's hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.  Kin Hubbard

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  • As Zig Ziggler Said '' I decided years ago to be happy today''

  • Sorry meant to say Nichola !! That was because I was reading the other replies !!
  • Thanks for sharing these great quotes Meredith. I am always happy when I know I can help others. Loved it.
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    Meredith God's word the Bible tells us to be content with our lives as this is because he will provide all we need in our life to be happy. He loves us unconditionally because he created us to live on the earth in peace and happiness that he provides.

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    Happiness is an inside job is what jumped out at me. I agree with this quote/statement by William Arthur Ward. Thank you Nichola for sharing your post on Happiness in the community. Shared via Syndication Automation and the Syndication Express business page on Google. Click here to visit and follow the SE business page if you haven't done so already.

  • To me, happiness is an empty pursuit. I strive to be content and to weather normal tides of life. =) But I certainly wish happiness for other people. God bless you~

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