In Pursuit of the Alchemy of Happiness By Silvia Mordini According to geneticists we have an “inborn” happiness set point of about 50% that we return to whether good things or bad things happen. We have 10% influence based on environmental factors and up to 40% that is affected by “intentional activity.” In pursuit of happiness here are my suggestions for making the most of this 40%. 1. The best way to be happy is to make Kindness the main theme in your life. 2. Meditate You are not too busy
According to Epicurus happiness is pleasure and he also describes pleasure as the most important intrinsic value. Epicurus believed that in order to live a life full of happiness one must remove unnecessary desire and obtaining antaraxia (a state of serene calmness) by simply being confirmed by a simple life style and only pursuing what is necessary. Some examples that are claimed as necessary by the Greek Philosopher is the desire to be free from bodily pain and help in producing happiness but unnecessary
decisions. In this declaration, there were four key ideals expressed. These ideals were the right to equality, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the consent of the governed, and to alter or abolish government. The most important ideal of the Declaration of Independence is the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, also known as unalienable rights. Without these rights, people would not be able to make their
rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Citizens do not have unalienable rights to life and liberty. Although citizens do not have the right to life and liberty in reality, we do have the right to pursuit of happiness. One argument that supports the fact that citizens don’t have the right to life is that abortion isn’t allowed past 20 weeks after conception. A subject that supports the right that citizens have the right to the pursuit of happiness is that the government made same sex
Within Voltaire’s satirical fiction, Candide, it’s exhibited that happiness is truly within a simple and natural life. The general consensus among philosophers about happiness is that it’s procured by understanding and abiding by natural laws and that everyone has the right in “the pursuit of happiness”(The Western Perspective, 693). Locke further adds that “...happiness… lay in a return to a simple, natural life”. They rejected and interchanged the rationalization of misery being “compensated”
that all men are created equal, that they are endowed…. With certain alienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This statement is not true and will never be if the people and government do not fix it. Modern laws do not support the unalienable right of life because of abortion, liberty from immigration, and pursuit of happiness because of gun control. Abortion is one of the largest things in the world that does not support the unalienable right of life.
features her thoughts on life and happiness. These thoughts originate from an ad across from her window and Smith gives us a tour inside her head, showing us how a New Yorker and an Englishwoman regards the concept of happiness. This non-fictional analysis of the essay will include an analysis of the tone of the essay, an analysis of the ways in which the Smith analyses the ad across from her window and lastly a discussion of Smith’s experiences in the pursuit of happiness. The tone of Smith’s personal
is most known for his philosophical way of thinking and his view of the path one’s life should take. “Happiness depends on ourselves” (Aristotle). The great Aristotle sticks to his belief that happiness is the main purpose or goal in life. He believes the pursuit of happiness included both physical well being as well as mental well being. Aristotle can make one wonder if it is true that happiness is the greatest good, or if it is necessary for one to give something up to become happier.
experiences of the world. Oakeshott describes that to gain that real happiness we need to work for it, even if playing included in the process of accomplishing this happiness as well. He also described work as the energy to utilize and to take advantage of the sources that provided to human beings on Earth. But there is no end to the human satisfaction because our wants are unlimited in life. We tend always to work hard to gain more happiness because when one desire is satisfied, another one takes its place
one has attained eudaimonia. Lastly, Aristotle came to the conclusion that a successful life is one engaged in intellectual pursuits. He believed that intellectual pursuits were of unparalleled satisfaction and terribly pleasurable. One must note that Aristotle did not endorse the idea that happiness consists in intellectual pursuits but vice-versa; intellectual pursuits are the flourishing of human beings. Einstein may not have been a happy individual but he definitely made a success of his life: