What Brings about Happiness?
Arkansas Baptist College
There are numerous ways to define the word happiness; however, according to Webster dictionary, the word happiness in best defined as enjoying, showing, or marked by pleasure, satisfaction, or joy. People generally associate happiness with simply having a good feeling inside whether it is from monetary or financial gain, finding a potential soul mate, getting a promotion at work, self employed, the birth of children, and so on. These are all different ways in which people generally associate the happy feeling with. Many people express their happiness in different ways; therefore, it can be said that happiness is
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Dr. Seligman, who is a well known psychologist, spent most of his career studying positive psychology (Seligman, 2012). Positive psychology studies happiness in depth. He identified three types of happiness: pleasant life, engaged life, and meaningful life. The “pleasant life” is defined by “aiming to have as much positive emotion as possible around and learning the skills necessary to amplify life” (Seligman, 2011). The “engaged life” is characterized by identifying your greatest strengths and or talents to work at remolding life as a partner, employee, friend, parent, sibling, and more leading to pleasure (Seligman, 2011). Lastly, the “meaningful life” refers to using your gifts, talents, and skills to work toward a greater good outside of the self (Seligman, 2011). Although Dr. Seligman states, in his research, that the top forms of happiness are “meaningful life” and “engaged life”, it can be perceived that “pleasant life” happiness is just as note worthy as “meaningful life” and “engaged life” happiness combined.
Aristotle and Happiness the Good Life Aristotle defines personal happiness through the existence of practicing virtues, in life, where both the desire and the pursuit of wealth is kept in