Essay on The Happiness Of Life Is The Conviction That We Are Loved

752 Words Apr 19th, 2015 4 Pages
Moments of Happiness Ever since humans wanted more than just the basic needs in life, they have questioned what could a make a person ultimately happy. Aristotle defines happiness as, “prosperity combined with virtue” (774), while Victor Hugo says, “The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved” (774). Overall philosophers for centuries have strived for an answer and differed in opinions. This quest or strive to figure out happiness has puzzled people to such confusion that they may have not even found the happiness they wanted. Someone can get so distracted with a concept they may not even find the concept for themselves. That does not seem to be a happy life. To find happiness, is not to look for it, but instead to enjoy the little circumstances of life that bring little moments of happiness. Happiness is what a person makes of it, and if they try to enjoy the life they are having and the little moments, they can be happy instead of worrying how to find happiness everywhere in life. Bertrand Russell, a British mathematician and philosopher, says in “The Happy Life” the “happy man” is: “Such a man [that] feels himself a citizen of the universe, enjoying freely the spectacle that it offers and the joys that it affords” (790). The man Russell describes is someone who enjoys the world around them, and this ultimately makes him happy. Too often people don’t stop and think to live life, but will strive for a happy life that is not feasible for anyone. It…

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