The road to happiness is a personal journey.
So, if our objectives are for the aim of attaining happiness, and all our objectives cause us to fulfil our function, then consequently obtaining happiness is merely a matter of fulfilling our function, by realising our full potential....
Happiness doesn’t necessarily have a clear-cut definition....
Richard Layard (2005) in an attempt to find out what made people happy identified a list of factors that contributed towards happiness, this included family, close relationships, satisfying work, good health and personal freedom.
There are a number of attributes that correlate with happiness: relationships and social interaction, extroversion, marital status, employment, health, democratic freedom, optimism, religious involvement, income, and proximity to other happy people.
Everyone defines happiness according to their personal perpectives.
This paper analyzes the results of happiness between two sets of countries that fall on opposite sides of the industrialization and democratization scale.
Today everyone defines and looks for happiness in a different way.
Hutcheson was committed to maximization, it seems. However, heinsisted on a caveat — that “the dignity or moralimportance of persons may compensate numbers.” He addeda deontological constraint — that we have a duty to others invirtue of their personhood to accord them fundamental dignityregardless of the numbers of others whose happiness is to be affectedby the action in question.
None of the things mentioned solely leads to happiness.
Happiness according scientific studies happiness comes from dopamine taking chemicals around the brain, which is a transmitter in the brain that controls the nervous system....
Happiness is a sensation that people want to have, and a lot of it.
Happiness quotes are bite-sized pieces of wisdom that remind us that happiness is a choice. They can help lift us out of a funk, improve our mood, and give us a better outlook on life. In addition, happiness quotes can inspire us to make choices each day that will make us happy, instead of miserable.
17. “Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.” — Anon
Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832) was influenced both by Hobbes'account of human nature and Hume's account of socialutility. He famously held that humans were ruled by two sovereignmasters — pleasure and pain. We seek pleasure and the avoidanceof pain, they “…govern us in all we do, in all we say, inall we think…” (Bentham PML, 1). Yet he also promulgated theprinciple of utility as the standard of right action on the part ofgovernments and individuals. Actions are approved when theyare such as to promote happiness, or pleasure, and disapproved of whenthey have a tendency to cause unhappiness, or pain (PML). Combinethis criterion of rightness with a view that we should be activelytrying to promote overall happiness, and one has a seriousincompatibility with psychological egoism. Thus, his apparentendorsement of Hobbesian psychological egoism created problems inunderstanding his moral theory since psychological egoism rules outacting to promote the overall well-being when that it is incompatiblewith one's own. For the psychological egoist, that is noteven a possibility. So, given ‘ought implies can’ itwould follow that we are not obligated to act to promote overallwell-being when that is incompatible with our own. This generatesa serious tension in Bentham's thought, one that was drawn to hisattention. He sometimes seemed to think that he could reconcilethe two commitments empirically, that is, by noting that when peopleact to promote the good they are helping themselves, too. Butthis claim only serves to muddy the waters, since the standardunderstanding of psychological egoism — and Bentham's ownstatement of his view — identifies motives of action which areself-interested. Yet this seems, again, in conflict with his ownspecification of the method for making moral decisions which is not tofocus on self-interest — indeed, the addition of extent as aparameter along which to measure pleasure produced distinguishes thisapproach from ethical egoism. Aware of the difficulty, in lateryears he seemed to pull back from a full-fledged commitment topsychological egoism, admitting that people do sometimes actbenevolently — with the overall good of humanity in mind.