The Importance Of True Happiness

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Register to read the introduction… Only a few people are lucky enough to ever experience what they call “true happiness.” Different people have different ideas about the ways to achieve happiness. Often times, the meaning of happiness is misunderstood. Many people fail to distinguish happiness from pleasure. According to the text, pleasure is short-lived and carnal (Janaro & Altshuler, 2012). Happiness can be defined as peace and contentment in your soul. Different people suggest different things someone can do to become happy. Some people think happiness is being wealthy or owning a lot of material things. Other people think this is a misconception because wealthy people, kings, queens, and other leaders are never perfectly happy all the time. Some people think true happiness comes from peace, contentment, and learning to do the best with what you have. The two people interviewed shared some of the same thoughts on happiness. The people interviewed expressed the same sentiments of happiness being related to family. …show more content…
Neither person interviewed focused on disappointments. However, the text brings up several important points about disappointments and their role in true happiness. First, when it is all said and everything is done most people do look back on life with regrets (Janaro & Altshuler, 2012). However, as the authors continue to say a life with regrets does not mean life was not enjoyable (Janaro & Altshuler, 2012). Lost jobs, relationships end, goals never achieved, and an incomplete bucket list does not mean your life was not happy. Aristotle summed it up by saying “life can be good, hence happy, even though you are not always aware of it” (Janaro & Altshuler, 2012). I think when we spend time looking for deficiencies, we are unhappy. However, when we focus on what we do have we experience

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