The Is The State Of Being Happy Or An Experience That Makes You Happy

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Happiness is, “the state of being happy or an experience that makes you happy.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). A life well lived is different from person to person, it is not measurable and is fulfilled by demonstrating love, joy, faith, sacrifice and devotion. Choices affect our happiness and vary. Choices alter our temporal and eternal happiness. Some choices may affect just the temporal while some may just affect the eternal however it is possible for choices to affect both the temporal and eternal. A choice may be temporal meaning that it will only make you happy for a short amount of time or it could be eternal meaning that it is something that “makes you tick”. A person’s definition varies because what makes someone else happy may be unlike what makes you happy. To Antigone happiness and a life well lived was making a sacrifice of herself so that her brother could be buried and honored the way she had wished. This choice has affected Antigone both temporally and eternally by more than just her happiness. Antigone was happy and confident when she buried Etocles but was forced to accept her fate in order to achieve this goal. “Life is but the happiness you get out of it.” (Antigone, Part VI) Chris McCandless from Into the Wild found his happiness eventually after a journey to Alaska and recorded, “Happiness only real when shared” (Into the Wild, 189). Chris later discovered that he found his temporal happiness while on a journey in the woods of Alaska when he came to the realization shortly before death that his eternal happiness was when he was surrounded by others. Phil from Groundhog Day found his happiness after he took the time to help others and fell in love with Rita. Phil believed that a life well lived would be livin... ... middle of paper ... ...u sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’” (Matthew 25:36-40) Go and do likewise, happiness can be achieved by making sacrifices for others even though it could mean that you suffer. In conclusion we all maintain or achieve happiness in different ways whether or not we are associated to a religion. Happiness is making the most out of everyday and dancing in the rain. We are called to participate in charity and justice so that those around us may suffer less. A life well lived is when we have found our conversatio and have reached pure happiness. Temporal happiness can be passions that can blind and only lasts for a short period of time while eternal is long term. Happiness can also be done with or without suffering because situations vary.

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