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Leading a happy life is not about avoiding hard times.
A happy life is about being able to respond to adversity in a way that allows you to grow from the experience. And experiencing adversity can make us more resilient and lead us to take action in our lives, such as changing jobs or overcoming hardship.
Hedonistic: in order to live a happy life we must maximize pleasure and avoid pain. This view is often short-lived.
Eudaimonic approach: it takes the long view and argues that we should live authentically and for the greater good. We should pursue meaning and potential through kindness, justice, honesty, and courage.
Being open to emotional experiences and being able to tolerate discomfort can allow us to move towards a more meaningful existence.
The way we respond to the circumstances of our lives has more influence on our happiness than the events themselves.
Aristotle believed that happiness could be achieved through living a life of virtue. It is the highest desire and ambition of all human beings and nothing can stop them from achieving so.
Cultivating one's virtue is the surefire way of reaching happiness. It's more than a lifestyle. It's practicing the prudence of character and having a good fate.
Many of his ideas bear great similarities with the principles of the Judeo-Christian religions.
Happiness is an emotional state characterized by feelings of joy, satisfaction. contentment and fulfillment.
While happiness has many different definitions, it is often described as involving positive emotions and life satisfaction.
The "science of happiness" was born as a result of Martin Seligman's (the father of positive psychology) endeavour to approach psychology beyond the idea of restoring normality in individuals and to look at happiness and contentment as ways to not only restore normality, but also to prevent and protect as well as potentially cure.
Positive psychology has three main areas: Generation of both short and long term healthy pleasures, joy obtained through the connection with others and happiness that comes from a meaningful life.
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