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What is happiness?

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Happiness Happiness is defined as an emotion in which one-experience feelings ranging from contentment and satisfaction to bliss and intense joy. Although happiness may be defined in such a way it can be interpereted in many different ways by different people.Three philosophers Plato, Aristotle, and Kant all have each developed their own theorys of happiness and how to achieve it. Plato theory involves moral behaviors leading to deep spiritual happiness, Aristotle theory involves achieveing long term happiness and Kant's theory involves the idea that your actions are not nessesarily done because of happiness but because of obligations. Eventhough all three philosophers have vry different ideas I believe that Aristotles idea is the truest example of genuine happiness because ultimate happiness come from accumulated events within your life. To begin, Plato is one of the many philosophers who has developed his own theory of how to achieve the ultimate happiness. Plato's theory on happiness involves the deep, spiritual happiness of the soul. According to Plato one's happiness is related to one's moral behavior and someone who make immoral actions will be motivated to be moral if he wants to be happy. ...read more.


Your life on one extreme may involve joys, pleasures, and successes and on the other hand you may also have many pains, grief's and troubles but overall it is still a good life which brings happiness(The Radical Academy). Although Aristotle believes that happiness is not about fame, fortune and honor it is still necessary to some extent "for it is impossible, or at least not easy, to act nobly with some furniture of fortune...There are some things whose absence take the bloom off our happiness, as good birth, or alone in the world, or childless..."(529). He also says that Happiness is self-sufficient. The self-sufficent is defined as that which when isolated makes life desirable and lacking in nothing (coder 1). Further more, Kant the last of the three philosophers who introduces a theory of happiness. Unlike Aristotle, Kant's theory does not evolve from a long-term happiness instead it is a result of pleasing others. He believed that to earn happiness, you must be a moral person, even if it means that you can never be happy. ...read more.


Little achievements such as winning first place in a school talent show or passing the test to get you drivers license also add up to your ultimate happiness. And even though little things like that may bring you happiness for a short period when they are achieved, in the long run they contributed to your happy life. According to Aristotle your happiness comes form a life time of experiences and for that reason a young child will never understand this ultimate happiness till they have lived their life fully. Because a younger child will never be able to see that all the experiences in your life benefit you in one way or another and in the end they make you who you are. And for that reason I believe that Aristotle's theory on happiness is the truest example off genuine happiness. Overall I came to the conclusion that Aristotle had the best idea, which demonstrated genuine happiness because even though you may be happy about little things in life ultimately happiness comes from an overall evaluation of one self. As Aristotle says "happiness depends upon ourselves". ...read more.

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