Utilitarianism’s advocacy of happiness by any means is what concerns me about the theory. I believe that happiness is a great thing, but a thing that can only really come from inside an individual. In contrast, Deontology emphasizes a duty to respect other’s autonomy. I take this to mean that people are their own advocates—Deontology promotes fairness, justice, and equal opportunity at happiness rather than guaranteeing happiness itself. It isn’t society’s duty to ensure everyone’s happiness, but rather to ensure that all people are given the opportunity to be happy.
A happiness project encourages and helps one devote more time and energy to find true happiness. Trying to find happiness in life is not selfish, but it is selfish to devote one’s whole life, and all their energy to just finding happiness. However, many researchers and authors would agree that the key to a happy life is balance; balance between searching for happiness and helping others find their happiness in life. There should not be a difference in the amount of energy and time spent living toward a meaningful life and a happy life (McKeith). Each “type” of life feeds the other.
Therefore, if one carries out their function adequately, they are leading a good life. As such, living a life of perfect rational activity... ... middle of paper ... ...ppiness is multifaceted and can be described in so many other ways. Nevertheless, Aristotle would argue that happiness should be based on pleasure because men are rational being and as such they should not rely on indulging in their basal need for pleasure. This is because feelings can be deceiving but reason never fails. However, although it is true that happiness should not based on the feeling of pleasure alone, this does not imply that man should not allow himself to be overwhelmed by the state of feeling happy (emotion even when he has done the right thing.
This principle promotes a life of more pleasure than pain by choosing actions that produce more happiness. These are conscious actions made that follow a life of utility and act in accordance with the “Greatest Happiness Principle.” Though Mill’s critics would argue that Utilitarianism is not a reasonable foundation for morality by not fulfilling a life of happiness, creating selfish or expedient people, and reducing human experience to animals, I would have to disagree. This principle promotes happiness and pleasure for all, along with aiding individuals to be less selfish, and an even slate for people of all characters. I find the “Greatest Happiness Principle” to be a relevant and altruistic foundation of morality. There is an emphasis on lives containing more pleasure than pain under the rule that one person cannot put their own happiness above others.
It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.” In defining happiness, psychologists often replace the term with “subjective well-being,” which they measure ...
There are several different types success, personal success is to be able to enjoy life in a way that person decides, and to not let others choose how they live their life. This quote by Christopher Morley describes what is really meant by personal success. Personal success has to do with being happy with one’s self. One can only be truly happy if they are happy and secure with themselves. Personal success is a quality that a person has when they are happy with who they are and is not being afraid of what others think of them.
Ext... ... middle of paper ... ...ific actions that foster happiness. For the Epicureans, it is essential to remove pain from the body and limit mental anxiety in order to maintain happiness. For the Stoic, the pursuance of virtue ultimately gives rise to happiness. In my opinion, the Stoic argument overcomes the argument of the Epicureans and is successful in prescribing a way of life that is conducive to happiness. The Stoic school differentiates between virtues and feelings, making it desirable to humans.
Some people get excited when they are doing what they love while others might find that activity boring and torturous. The things that makes you smile and feel good will be different for other people because they have different preferences on what makes them happy (Carter). Simply make happiness your number-one goal, choose mindfulness, smile your way to happiness, practice gratitude, compassion, and linger on those little, positive moments. “One theory in psychology research suggests that we all have a happiness set-point that largely determines our overall well-being. We oscillate around this set point, becoming happier when something positive happens or the opposite, afterwards returning to equilibrium” (Gregoire).
Rather, the good life for a person is the active life of functioning well in those ways that are essential and unique to humans. Aristotle invites the fact that if we have happiness, we do not need any other things making it an intrinsic value. In contrast, things such as money or power are extrinsic valuables as they are all means to an end. Usually, opinions vary as to the nature and conditions of happiness. Aristotle argues that although ‘pleasurable amusements’ satisfy his formal criteria for the good, since they are chosen for their own sake and are complete in themselves, nonetheless, they do not make up the good life since, “it would be absurd if our end were amusement, and we laboured and suffered all our lives for the sake of amusing ourselves.” Happiness can be viewed as wealth, honour, pleasure, or virtue.
He claims that pleasure is the goal of life and that virtues are simply means. Epicurus was a consequentialist, he believed something is morally good because of something – a pleasure it may result in. So more generally when he claims that pleasure is the goal of the happy life, he means that it is ‘freedom from pain and…fear’ (ataraxia). He believes we have the need of pleasure only when there is an absence of pleasure from our lives, he also says that when we no longer feel pain, we don’t stand in the need for pleasure. So basically we seek certain pleasures in times of discomfort or pain to remove that, so when we attain the pleasure that will remove our pain and discomfort, that is when we have achieved a happy life.