The major difference between the two theories is that in Hedonism, everything you do must make you happy, including the journey. Hedonism may sound perfect, but it really limits what you can do. The Desire Satisfaction Theory, on the other hand, allows us to fully live life to the fullest. Desire Satisfaction allows one to endure pain and challenges, which ultimately allows for us to grow as people and fully enjoy life. Hedonism is restrictive, as it does not allow us to endure life’s tough challenges which allow us to gain experience and knowledge.
He believes in there also being three different types of happiness, which are being happy with some particular thing, feeling that life is good, and being satisfied with life (Nozick 108). Epicurus only discusses how meeting needs is essential for the happiness and nothing else. It was said that “Epicurean societies which would provide for essential material needs but could never raise living standards beyond subsistence level” (De Botton 70). Epicurus’s idea about happiness being just the absences of pain is false. I think happiness involves much more than just a lack of pain.
We want to be happy, and we can say whether we are or not, but can it really be defined, studied and measured?” (What is Happiness?). Some people think that happiness is something that happens them naturally but others think that it is something that can be controlled. Happiness comes from the choices that people make in their lifetime. Thinking positive is one of the key factors to happiness and to be happy, one needs to think positively. We exaggerate the feeling of happiness and always use the word when something
The article further states that society’s approach towards pursuing happiness will not fulfill them in the long run. Kushner concludes that being happy is pursued only by living a meaningful life. I strongly agree with the author’s statement. Although the meaning of happiness always depends on certain morals and understanding, the idea of happiness is universal. Giving back to others, working hard, and striving for a persistent life exemplifies the true idea of happiness.
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.
In order to do so, people should realize that they tend to be obsessed with pleasure, and do not try to seek gratification. Although seeking pleasure is not necessary ethically wrong, seeking only pleasure cause many problems on both self and others. Therefore, I think that striving for authentic happiness is the best way to solve problems that humans cause by seeking pleasure and make the better world where many people become happy.
Society tells us that in order to be happy you need to have an exuberant amount of both money and things, yet when you acquire them its leaves you empty and wanting more. For myself, I feel there are three things needed to be live a good life; good friends, good memories, and trying to live life with no regrets. Now I’m not saying that money isn't important, because it is, but only to an extent. In the end money can never bring true, long lasting happiness. The reason why money can’t bring true happiness is simple, money is temporary.
When it comes down to it, we all want to be able to feel as though at the end of our lives, we lived happily on Earth. Based on the issue, happiness is considered to be very important in life, but it is so difficult to define. What factors are important in achieving happiness, and why are people in today’s society so misguided in their pursuits of happiness? It would appear that the feeling of happiness is the main goal in life that we strive for on an everyday basis. If you go to a number of random individuals and ask how they live a good and happy life, you would get a different answer from each person.
Most people seem to think that they can bring happiness to themselves if they accomplish what they have in front of them. It seems that we are wrong and doing things completely wrong in order to bring happiness. Let us go further int... ... middle of paper ... ...hings to help bring happiness to yourself. Happiness doesn’t come from being more and more successful throughout your life and hoping that all the success will one day bring happiness. It comes from focusing on the good and positive in your life and doing things of positive influence.
I think that there are alternative actions that people can take to naturally increase their happiness, and the happiness of our society overall. One major problem with decreasing suffering is that you cannot appreciate the good without the bad (Power, “The End of Suffering”). It is very important to go through struggles in order to fully appreciate good times, and be truly happy when things are going well. Good times would not truly feel amazing if they occurred all of the time. It has also been suggested that a