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Happiness and the Epicurean View - People who are viewed as happy in our culture today are also seen as being rich, having a loving family, and a great occupation. Our society is attracted to material things, rather than spiritual ones. Can a person who does not have these items still live a happy life. Epicurus believed that each one of us could achieve true happiness, and our only problem is that we stubbornly search for it in all the wrong places. Epicurus states that we only need three things to be happy besides the essentials needed for survival: friends, freedom, and an analyzed life....   [tags: Happiness, Epicurus, ] 923 words
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Aim High: "The Pursuit of Happiness" Reflection - For our Economics subject, we watched The Pursuit of Happyness, a movie based on Chris Gardner, a salesman who was not making that much money and eventually experiences homelessness with his five-year old son. He faces problems when his wife is unwilling to accept his goal to become a stockbroker and leaves him. However, he perseveres even under all this stress. Chris Gardner excels at his stockbroker internship in Dean-Witter, earning the attention and respect from his superiors. However, his personal life plunges exponentially....   [tags: Pursuit of Happiness, ] 596 words
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Human Suffering -- Can True Happiness Be Obtained? - There is a very common motif in life that most individuals can identify with, which is the idea that life is difficult. More appropriately, life itself is suffering. There are a lot of almost cliché notions, such as that life is a constant struggle, an uphill battle, a continuous battle, and a never-ending fight to reach happiness. This thought itself raises many questions about the nature and very existence of complete happiness. Is it possible for the human being, both as an individual entity and as a race, to ever achieve perfect happiness....   [tags: Happiness Life]
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The Definition of Happiness -  According to Webster dictionary the word Happiness in defined as Enjoying, showing, or marked by pleasure, satisfaction, or joy. People when they think of happiness, they think about having to good feeling inside. There are many types of happiness, which are expressed in many ways. Happiness is something that you can't just get it comes form your soul. Happiness is can be changed through many things that happen in our every day live.      Happiness according scientific studies happiness comes from dopamine taking chemicals around the brain, which is a transmitter in the brain that controls the nervous system....   [tags: Happiness Happy Emotions Feelings Essays] 481 words
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Happiness is the Greatest Good - Happiness is the Greatest Good In Aristotle's essay, he focuses particularly on how reason, our rational capacity, should help us recognize and pursue what will lead to happiness and the good life.';(Cooley and Powell, 459) He refers to the soul as a part of the human body and what its role is in pursuing true happiness and reaching a desirable end. Aristotle defines good'; as that which everything aims.(Aristotle, 459) Humans have an insatiable need to achieve goodness and eventual happiness....   [tags: Aristotle Happy Happiness Essays] 1013 words
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Money Cannot Buy Happiness - Missing Figures                     Can Money Buy Happiness.      Economists use the term utility to represent a measure of the satisfaction or happiness that individuals get from the consumption of goods and services. Because a higher income allows one to consume more goods and services, we say that utility increases with income. But does greater income and consumption really translate into greater happiness. In this paper, I will be showing how greater income and consumption does not really translate into greater happiness and how marginal utility is diminishing as income gets higher....   [tags: Economics Wealth Emotions Happiness] 2262 words
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Happiness - Most people believe that happiness is simply a state of well being; to me, happiness is more complex—true happiness is anything that brings feelings of pure bliss to an individual’s life. One can gain happiness from simplistic pleasures of life, such as buying a new DVD player, to advanced pleasures, such as marriage or a successful and fulfilled life. Dr. Seligman, a well known psychologist and proponent of positive psychology, identified three types of happiness: pleasant life, engaged life, and meaningful life....   [tags: Psychology]
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Happiness - Happiness is an encouraging feeling, which is influenced by many factors. When Layard states ‘from outside’ he means social identities, roles, cultures and groups people belong to. When Layard states ‘from within’ he is referring to a person’s thinking and feelings. Richard Layard (2005) in an attempt to find out what made people happy identified a list of factors that contributed towards happiness, this included family, close relationships, satisfying work, good health and personal freedom. ‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so’ (Shakespeare, Hamlet)....   [tags: Philosophy, Richard Layard] 1099 words
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Plato and Augustine’s Conceptions of Happiness - Plato and Augustine’s Conceptions of Happiness Both Plato and Augustine offer unusual conceptions of what one must acquire to live a truly happy life. While the conventional view of happiness normally pertains to wealth, financial stability, and material possessions, Plato and Augustine suggest that true happiness is rooted in something independent of objects or people. Though dissimilar in their notions of that actual root, each respective philosophy views the attaining of that happiness as a path, a direction....   [tags: Plato Augustine Happiness Essays Philosophy]
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Symbols and Subversion in 13 Happiness Street - Symbols and Subversion in 13 Happiness Street "13 Happiness Street" is a political satire which relies largely on the subversion of conventional symbols to convey its message. By subversion, I mean the process by which Bei Dao uses unconventional meanings of conventional symbols to undermine accepted literary norms. That is, he offers in place of the common associations of a symbol, another symbolic association that draws its meaning from the context of the narrative. Indeed, the very meaning of the narrative is couched in the language of metaphors and symbols....   [tags: 13 Happiness Street Politics papers]
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Happiness - Happiness An emotion is an intense feeling. Happiness is one of the many emotions humans experience. It may perhaps be the most important feeling a person can have and it is the one feeling everyone strives to achieve, yet strangely, for the most part, people seem to only get a glimpse of it. Pleasurable satisfaction, a state of well-being and contentment are the more outstanding elements of happiness. Happiness, known more formally as felicity, is good. A state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy and can be applied to almost every kind of enjoyment....   [tags: essays papers] 726 words
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Happiness - Happiness Is life really about the 'money', the 'cash', who has the biggest gold chain or who drives the shiniest or fastest car, who sells the most albums or who has the most respect. Today happiness is viewed in many different ways. Everyone defines happiness according to their personal perpectives. Each individual describes their inner feelings in a way that you can't compare with another.Happiness originally and logically means the inner state of well being or a pleasurable or satisfying experience....   [tags: essays research papers] 998 words
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Happiness - Happiness Happiness: In one word, this concept exemplifies the American dream. People go to any means by which to obtain the many varied materials and issues that induce pleasures in each individual, and intrinsically, this emotion remains the ultimate goal, John Stuart Mill, a nineteenth century philosopher, correctly advocated the pursuit of happiness, and maintained the concept that above all other values, pleasure existed as the final destination, Mill's hedonistic views correctly and rationally identified a natural human tendency, and his Utilitarian arguments strongly support the theory that above all else, happiness is the most important dream to be fulfilled....   [tags: essays research papers] 1364 words
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Happiness - Happiness Not many people are happy, but all the libraries are filled with books on happiness, and this very fact should make us curious. The Ancients gave us dozens of recipes on how to conduct a happy life, each of them contradicting the other, or at least, with very dissimilar opinions. The Modernity has its own solutions up to the negation of the very possibility of having a happy life. And recently, mister Francis H. came up with his own idea of happiness. He argues that the problem of happiness can be reduced to wealth, knowledge and a personal belief of being "in control" of one's own life....   [tags: miscellaneous] 845 words
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Happiness - There is an ever-growing problem with our world; unhappiness. Unhappiness has plagued everyone at a time or two, sometimes even more. Because of this our world is suffering enormously: shootings, hate crimes, and wars are a few results of this widespread unhappiness. One might say there is no hope for our world, but there is. To end this unhappiness everyone should eat Skittles, own a goldfish, and get plenty of sunshine. One may ask, what can Skittles do. When the question should be what can not Skittles do....   [tags: essays research papers] 454 words
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The Pursuit of Happiness in O. Henry's "A Municipal Report" - Good Vs. Evil –This universal truth, particularly predominant in epic literature, frequently finds a place in the works of many proficient writers. In ‘A Municipal Report’, the author O. Henry makes ample and efficient use of plot elements like foreshadowing, symbolism and characterization to give the reader an insight into the life of Azalea Adair, a middle- aged poor writer who is constantly abused- physically, mentally as well as financially – by her cruel husband, Major Caswell.The short story, published in 1909, is narrated in the first person(limited omniscience) point of view by a visitor in the city of Nashville, Tennessee who observes the drama unfold in front of him, and eventually finds himself to be an accomplice in the murder of Major Caswell....   [tags: Happiness, O. Henry, A Municipal Report, ] 843 words
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True Happiness - ... These ends are considered to be good, though some are better than others. Ends that are used as means to achieve other ends are considered less of a good than ends that are ends unto themselves, because those that are not final do not result in full fulfillment. Happiness, because it is not only “an end in itself,” but also the end at which all human actions are ultimately aimed, is the highest human good, and therefore the ultimate function of man (Ostwald 15). However, Happiness as portrayed by Aristotle is quite different from the modern understanding of happiness....   [tags: Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics]
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Analysis of "The Hapiness Conspiracy" and "Fahrenheit 451" - ... We do not find school or work, per se, satisfying, but rather, as necessary steps in order to be able ultimately, create an artificial sense of happiness. For the last several decades, consumerism, with the ephemeral yet satisfying feeling of joy associated with material wealth, has been on the rise, and our society has developed a voracious appetite for “ ‘how-to’ happiness books, articles, TV and radio programmes…happiness institutes, camps, clubs, cruises, workshops, and retreats.” However, as Schumaker points out, our attempt to create a bubble of supposed euphoria for ourselves has not only failed miserably, but it has also had the opposite effect....   [tags: John F. Schumaker, Ray Bradbury, Happiness] 743 words
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Aristotle's Happiness - With self-help books garnishing millions of dollars annually, it's no mystery that people have been looking for a "correct" way to live out their lives. This was as prevalent in ancient Greece as it is today. Aristotle had what he thought was an ideal activity for all those who wanted to live life to the fullest, be happy, and have purpose. Aristotle argues that the best and most satisfying activity is study on the grounds that it fulfills the requirements for happiness as an activity better than others....   [tags: Philosophy] 964 words
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What is Happiness? - Erika’s sweet sixteen is today, and her parents bought her a brand new car. She pulls into the school’s parking lot and flaunts about how her parents not only got her a car, but also a trip to Italy. People start to walk away, even some of her best friends. As the day goes on, her friends have not talked to her since morning. Fed up, Erika asks them what is wrong. Kristie, one of her friends, tells her how they cannot stand listening to her talk about her ostentatious gifts anymore. When Erika gets home from school, her mom asks her what is wrong....   [tags: Informative, Money] 1373 words
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The Roots of Happiness - Early Modern Europe experienced several tragedies in which the citizens sensed that there must be a better way to live where happiness was more familiar. Alterations for what truly defines absolute happiness in a society during these times of catastrophe were expressed through utopian literature. Thomas More’s Utopia, Tomasso Campanella’s City of the Sun, and Caron De Beaumarchais’ The Marriage of Figaro together attempt to answer what truly creates a happy civilization during different periods of crisis within Europe....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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No Control of Happiness - No Control of Happiness Brave New World, acknowledges government control which results in the failure of a society. It is a world created where everything is under control, being observed, and synthetic. The society was manufactured in a test tube therefore, it was factory made. The people were born and developed in the test tubes, so their human nature became adapted so an individual cannot identify or approach it. Every little detail of a person's life is prearranged. These people's lives revolve around their community, their existence, and security; never their individual happiness....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Pursuit of Happiness - Happiness plays an important and necessary role in the lives of people around the world. In America, happiness has been engrained in our brains since Thomas Jefferson penned these famous words in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (Jefferson). Since then, Americans from New York to California have been engaged in that act: pursuing happiness....   [tags: Philosophy Literary Analysis]
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Australia's Happiness - Australia conjures up thoughts in one’s head of a country, and a continent, where kangaroos and koalas roam freely, where people greet each other with the phrase, “Hello, mate,” and where people are generally laid-back. This assumption of happiness of the Australian people is even supported by the World Database of Happiness Rank Report 2004, which ranks Australia’s happiness at a 7.3 out of 10, an extremely high number. One can only wonder, then, what does make Australia one of the happiest countries on Earth....   [tags: International Government ]
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Virtue and Happiness - ... For example let us take health, we would not choose a given life just by knowing that it contains good health, we can thus conclude that health is not self-sufficient and that it is not the highest good. It is now necessary to find the good that best fits this definition. It seems like happiness is the good since it is both complete and self-sufficient, indeed happiness is an intrinsic good and is the cause of other goods, furthermore it is self-sufficient as we would choose a life just by knowing that it contains happiness....   [tags: Aristotle, Philosophy]
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A Hierarchy of Happiness? - Ask anyone you know what their ultimate goal in life is, and the answer will unanimously be, “to be happy.” According to Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas and Dante, a state of fulfillment is the ultimate goal of all beings. This is how they define happiness: a state of being fully. Happiness and the means by which humans can achieve it is the main theme in Dante’s poem, The Comedy. In this poem, Dante starts his journey in the Inferno where he sees the souls of those who rejected the possibility of happiness by not knowing or refusing to know God....   [tags: Philosophy] 1323 words
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Wealth and Happiness - In the novel Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen, the Dashwood family is left with much less money after their father dies. When their cousin takes them in, they move to a new home and start their new life. In this time period money and social rank were the most important things. For most marriage has nothing to do with love, it is about gaining property, money or rank. This is why Elinor and Marianne’s, two of the Dashwood sisters, answers to the question: “what have wealth or grandeur to do with happiness?” (122) are so important....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Jane Austen] 1663 words
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Happiness and Drought - It is interesting to think about why our ancestors decided to include the pursuit of happiness as an American’s unalienable right, as opposed to the previously considered, right to land. To live a life without happiness, it seemed to them, is to live a life without meaning. Edgar Lee Masters’ poems commonly reflect on the quality, or lack thereof, of happiness in the afterlife of dead countrymen (and women). The diction, word choice and imagery in Fiddler Jones by Masters expresses the seemingly inherent joy of a lackadaisical man as well as the value of perspectives and the ability to posit happiness over fortune and land....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Edgar Lee] 2698 words
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The Pursuit Of Happiness - Throughout Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, we see the positive and negative effects of chasing the American Dream. Hansberry expresses her different views on the American Dream through the characters and she portrays the daily struggles of a 1950 black family throughout A Raisin in the Sun. In this play, she is able to effectively show the big impact that even small decisions can make on a family. Hansberry shows the many different attachments that come with the fulfillment of this American Dream....   [tags: Literary Analysis, A Raisin in the Sun] 1985 words
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Happiness as an Illusion - Happiness as an Illusion Perhaps the most elusive state that humans experience is the illusion of happiness. This state can not be defined as any one state. Through experience I have seen that happiness is a combination of human emotions and states of mind. Exploring this state of being has consumed the philosophical minds of the ages and will continue to do so for ages to come. What is happiness. In an unofficial poll of students at the University of West Florida, I found that of the thirty-eight students and one professor, males and females of several ethnic backgrounds and age groups, that I asked the question "What is happiness to you?", all of them had very different physical, intellectual, or emotional motivator for their happiness....   [tags: Papers] 638 words
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True Happiness - True Happiness In my paper I have decided to use a passage from Matthew 5:1-12. This passage starts "The Sermon on the Mount", and the first teaching that is taught is "True Happiness". I chose this passage because I have heard about the "The Sermon on the Mount" but I thought that I could increase my knowledge and awareness of it. "True Happiness" is something that I am always trying to reach and what everyone is trying to achieve in life. In the Bible, true happiness is dealing with spiritual beliefs in God....   [tags: Papers] 346 words
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The Right to Happiness - Right to Happiness Everybody in this world has the right to happiness. However, I don’t think we should seek our happiness by all means. I don’t agree that people should be selfish in order to get whatever they want .Of course, I’m not saying that there aren’t any selfish people in this world, but some people are more selfish than others .So we need to have some balance in what we want and what would make us happy. Also we need to make sure that we don’t burden our selves in the sake of our others’ happiness....   [tags: essays research papers] 634 words
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Whats Happiness - What's it going to take. David Myers says in the article 'Don't Worry You Can Be Happy'; by John B. Thomas. 'Happiness relies largely on things unrelated to money, such as meaningful activities and enriching relationships.'; With that the article states that with the following ten steps you can improve your happiness. One: learn to like your self. Two: take control of your destiny. Three: practice expecting the best. Four: become more extroverted. Five: try acting happy. Six: consider new work....   [tags: essays research papers] 534 words
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Choclate Happiness - Chocolate Happiness A smile, a laugh, a quick thought, starry nights, walking in warm rain storms, playing soccer, chocolate; these are all things that make me happy. It is be different for the person sitting next to me in my advanced composition class, but everyone feels it. Happiness is an emotion that is the product of an object or an event. It is something that makes a man in his years of aged wisdom stop, smile, and think of happy times. To me happiness is like a piece of chocolate, it is something that everyone wants, something that we sometimes have to work hard for, and something that is always worth the risk of acting in order to have it....   [tags: essays research papers] 1204 words
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Freud and Happiness - Freud and Happiness Born in 1856 in a small European town, Sigmund Freud would grow to be one of the most important thinkers in recorded history. From a young age, he attempted to understand the human mind and explain its tendencies. In doing so, he successfully managed to make countless enemies and critics. His ideas in response to the puzzles of human existence often conflicted with those of his audience, and I am in this number. In his novel Civilization and Its Discontents, Freud presents theories on happiness, none of with which I agree....   [tags: Papers] 861 words
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Mills and Happiness - Mills and Happiness Mills states that it "… is not the agent's own greatest happiness, but the greatest amount of happiness altogether…". This leaves no room for opinion because then the greater number would not be contemplated. So who does Mills leave to decide to whom may plan what the greater happiness is. It would be left up to people with lots of knowledge and wisdom. Mills thinks that the so-called experts would be able to decide the greatest happiness. But must be " strictly impartial as a disinterested and benevolent spectator "....   [tags: Papers] 920 words
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Technology and Happiness - Technology has changed our lives but, has it made our lives any better. Some believe technology makes people happier because, people always want to upgrade their electronics to new, more efficient pieces of equipment. People have been progressing for thousands of years, and we still are. Researchers are always looking to improve current technology and come up with modern, efficient devices to improve our lives. If society were to stop emerging with new inventions, I feel we would be very unhappy....   [tags: essays research papers] 376 words
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Health and Happiness - Health and Happiness During the fall semester of 2004 I participated in a program to improve my habits of healthy living. I set goals for myself in four different areas, Exercise, Nutrition, Sleep, Social or Family Time, Play/Laugh/Create and, Spiritual development. During the three months of September, October and November I experienced some challenges and some successes. In the area of exercise my beginning goal was to play soccer every day and try and lift weights at the gym. This started out really easy because I had soccer everyday and lifted weights on a consistent basis....   [tags: essays research papers] 565 words
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Happiness is a Fish? - Happiness is a fish. So I am a girl. What do you expect. What do you want to find here. Long hair [I've always been told never to cut my hair, boys will never go for short hair], colt legs, flat stomach, cute accessories. Do you want me to drive you up the wall with all my adorable quirks. Do you want ribbons and dresses. Lipstick and rouge. I find myself slipping between different states of mind. What should I be. Who should I be. I read books about subservience like Memoirs of a Geisha. I see television shows late at night when I can't sleep, the only time I watch TV....   [tags: Personal Narrative Girl Essays] 1963 words
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Exploring the Idea of Happiness - Throughout time, people have constantly attempted to seek out what happiness truly is, and, if possible, how to achieve this happiness. The idea of what happiness is has changed often, and is dependent on the environment that the people live in. The era and the ideologies of that time period, the community, and who the people interact with all affect the idea of what happiness truly is. Because of this, what happiness is, and how to achieve it, will be continually changing. The true meaning and idea of happiness could perhaps never be truly known....   [tags: Philosophy] 935 words
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The Pursuit of Happiness in America - ... Since it is the determination to pursue happiness that makes us so American; what we believe in the phrase, "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," has never been more important. The pursuit is seen in almost every aspect of our livesin all that we do, everything from finding the right mate, attending the right college, buying the latest model car and so on. However as just mentioned, the problem with pursing happiness is that it is not guaranteed or even an entity to be acquired permanently....   [tags: Income Disparity, American Dream]
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How to Reach Happiness - According to Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary, happiness is a state of mind or feeling characterized by contentment, satisfaction, pleasure, or joy. There are a number of attributes that correlate with happiness: relationships and social interaction, extraversion, marital status, employment, health, democratic freedom, optimism, religious involvement, income, and proximity to other happy people. Because the concept of happiness is complex and hard to measure, somebody believes that happiness is mysterious, elusive, and totally out of control....   [tags: Psychology, Philosophy] 472 words
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Role of Happiness in Ethical Decisions - “All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason” (Kant 1). The usage of reason as a representation of one’s intellect is a common trait in the 21st century. Happiness, a positive emotion, tends to blur one’s judgement and coerces philosophers to look upon its relevance when formulating ethical decisions. When considering the role of emotion in ethical decisions, one must consider the contrasting views of Immanuel Kant, an 18th Prussian philosopher that focussed his philosophies around the doctrine of reason, in comparison to that of John Stewart Mill, a 19th century British philosopher that followed the doctrine of happiness through the ideology of utilitarianism....   [tags: Immanuel Kant]
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Abundance Can't Buy Happiness - `Abundance Can’t Buy Happiness Happiness is an earnest feeling. Happiness is one of the various affections humans experience. It is a feeling that everyone aims to accomplish, yet some people seem to only catch a sight of it. Gratifying atonement, a state of well-being, and serenity are the more eminent elements of happiness. David G. Myers and Ed Diener propose the article “Who Is Happy?” which present aspects of happiness, a theory that recognizes adaptation, cultural world view, and personal goals....   [tags: Article Analysis ]
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Happiness Activity Plan - In the book, The How of Happiness, author and researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky sets her book apart from other self-awareness books by being the first to utilize empirical studies. She uses data gained through scientific method to provide support for her hypothesis. This hypothesis consists mainly of the idea that we have the ability to overcome genetic predisposition and circumstantial barriers to happiness by how we think and what we do. She emphasizes that being happier benefits ourselves, our family and our community....   [tags: Research Proposal ]
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Love leads to Happiness - Happiness is an essential for one to be sane and human. Love leads to happiness and this is perfectly shown in the novels Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen and Book of Negores by Lawrence Hill. Characters in both novels try to find happiness through love, but it ultimately leads to despair because of the death or loss of a loved one. Happiness is fulfilled through the form of love. To begin with, Jacob has respect and love for his parents that have been there every step of his life. The Dean of the University calls Jacob into his office and Jacob fears “Dear Lord- if I get expelled now, my father will kill me....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 939 words
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Achieving Happiness in Life - We can try to deny it, but ultimately, pursuit we all live for the ‘happily ever after’. Ever since childhood, everything we hear, learn, dream of is that state of absolute felicity, where nothing really happens, and nothing even seems to matter. And while in fairy tales, this feeling is usually found in fulfilling marriages, royal castles, singing birds and laughing children; in real life, most people seek happiness elsewhere. In their endless struggle for more money, more love and more security, they have forgotten the most important things: that happiness is not caused by their possessions or social positions, and can in fact be experienced in any daily activity....   [tags: philosophy]
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Happiness Explored in Fahrenheit 451 - The philosopher Aristotle once wrote, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” This famous quote compels people to question the significance of their joy, and whether it truly represents purposeful lives they want to live. Ray Bradbury, a contemporary author, also tackles this question in his book, Fahrenheit 451, which deals heavily with society's view of happiness in the future. Through several main characters, Bradbury portrays the two branches of happiness: one as a lifeless path, heading nowhere, seeking no worry, while the other embraces pure human experience intertwined together to reveal truth and knowledge....   [tags: Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451] 1170 words
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Utilitarianism: Happiness For All - It must be ironic for a small child in the Appalachian mountains living with his single, jobless mother in a shack without electricity, to read, if he can, the words of the founding fathers: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable Rights; that among these, are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness...” (Kindig, 1995). This is one of the most famous phrases in the US Declaration of Independence and has become the underpinning of the dreams of millions of people around the world....   [tags: Government ]
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Happiness as it Relates to Morality - Happiness as it relates to morality The word philosophy was coined by the noble Greek men as “the love of wisdom”. In approximately 400 B.C., Greek men began to discover their unhappiness with supernatural and mythical explanations of reality-the only explanations presented to them at the era. The noblemen began to deduce that there was a coherent or logical order to the universe. Philosophers such as Aristotle, Plato and Socrates began an in-depth exploration of this theory of a rational and orderly world....   [tags: philosophy, ethics] 1270 words
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Aristotle's Concept of Happiness - In the work, Nicomachean Ethics, the philosopher Aristotle creates a guideline for those who are serious about pursuing happiness. Aristotle's recommendations for finding happiness are not accepted today without some struggle and careful examination. In Aristotle's time, slaves, women and children were not truly considered human; so in many cases the philosopher is directing his words towards free males only. It is necessary to understand that by overlooking this discrimination and applying it to all people, one can discover the timeless wisdom of Aristotle....   [tags: Philosophy]
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The Struggle to Obtain Happiness - Happiness can be defined in a plethora of ways such as good fortune, a state of well being, or a pleasurable, satisfying experience. William Thackeray’s Rebecca Sharp stated in the novel Vanity Fair that she “could be a good woman if she had five thousand pounds” and she “could dawdle about in the nursery and count the apricots on the wall” (VF 414). Marianne Dashwood of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility says that she “cannot be happy with a man whose taste did not in every point coincide with my own” (SS 15)....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Greatest Happiness Principle - In this paper I will present and critically assess the concept of the principle of utility as given by John Stuart Mill. In the essay “What Utilitarianism Is” #, Mill presents the theory of Utilitarianism, which he summarizes in his “utility” or “greatest happiness principle” # (Mill 89). Mill’s focus is based on an action’s resulting “happiness,” # pleasure and absences of pain, or “unhappiness,” # discomfort and the nonexistence of contentment, rather than the intentions involved (Mill 89). After evaluating Mill’s principle, I will then end this essay by discussing my personal opinion about the doctrine and how I believe it can be altered to better suit real-life situations....   [tags: Philosophy, Utilitarianism] 1362 words
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Suffering to Achieve Happiness - In such poor living conditions, those that the slums of Russia has to offer, the characters in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment1 struggle, living day to day. Raskolnikov, the protagonist, experiences multiple layers of suffering (the thought of his murder causes him greater suffering than does his poverty) as does Sonia and Katerina Ivanovna (1). Through these characters as well as Porfiry Petrovitch, Dostoevsky wants the reader to understand that suffering is the cost of happiness and he uses it to ultimately obliterate Raskolnikov’s theory of an ubermensch which allows him to experience infinite love....   [tags: Literary Characters/Elements] 795 words
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