What is Happiness? Are we really happy?

2019-02-08T21:05:27.000Z Honest Cash

You have asked yourself if you are truly happy. To answer this question, we deduced that there are two paths to achieve happiness: to achieve what is needed or to stop requiring what you do not have.


We could say roughly that the first method would be the hedonistic way and the second, the Stoic channel. Which of the two is superior?

Epicurus was happy in his pleasure, Diogenes lived happily using only a bowl and when he discovered a dog drinking water in a puddle, he decided he did not need it.

It is difficult to know which of the two was happiest, but even if one of them was. Is it important? If the only goal of man is to achieve happiness, does it matter what methodology is used?

Let us take as an example of a situation that we have probably suffered in everyday life. A person falls in love with another that does not belong to him. The first demand the company of the other individual and as it does not have it is unhappy: the first is to fall in love with the beloved person, the second is to forget.

Happiness is an emotional or affective state characterized by feelings of satisfaction and well-being. It is a subjective moment that, however, can be objectified for its analysis.


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RE: What is Happiness? Are we really happy?

by @conrad_murkins

I enjoyed the Epicurean reference and my understanding of it -- pleasure can only be measured in relation to the absence of pain. I think Epicurus would've been heavily into crypto ;)

It's interesting to juxtapose this with Stoicism. No doubt this is a practical philosophy to adapt during this bear market. I will say though that happiness, as you say, is subjective, but more importantly from my own view: it's fleeting. For me the main aim is to be content rather than chase an idea of happiness. Ideally I would be chilling with Epicurus but the stoic approach is more tangible right now. Nice piece.