Discovering Happiness Is Good Life, Happiness, And Pleasure Essay

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SYNTHESIZING HAPPINESS Defining happiness may seem as elusive as achieving it. We all want to be happy, and we can say whether we are happy or not, but can we honestly define it, study it or measure it? Some people say happiness is leading good life, freedom from suffering, flourishing, well-being, joy, prosperity, and pleasure; but it can’t be well defined without looking at three major constituents of happiness. Seligman and his co-authors say that happiness consists of “pleasure (or positive emotion), engagement, and meaning” (418). The authors said “we can increase our positive emotion about the past by cultivating gratitude and forgiveness, our positive emotion about the present by savoring and mindfulness and our positive emotion about the future by building hope and optimism” (418). Another way by which we can define happiness by looking at these three constituents involves the pursuit of gratification which makes us totally engaged. People may find gratification by talking to someone they admire, completing a complex task at your job, playing soccer, listening to music or hanging out with friends. The authors emphasize that “there is no shortcut to gratification” (419). They noted that “we must involve ourselves fully, and the pursuit of gratifications requires us to draw on character strengths such as creativity, social intelligence, sense of humor, perseverance, and an appreciation of beauty and excellence” (419).…

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