First let me give credit where credit is due. I discovered this happiness philosophy via Aristotle – who I consider one of our world’s first self help authors.
(I love Aristotle’s philosophies so much, that I named my son Ari as a wink to him!)
Back in his day, Aristotle wrote a lot about something called “Eudaimonia” – which roughly translates into “true happiness” – versus the “fake happiness” far too many of us get lured into pursuing.
Basically, Aristotle believed that there’s a big reason why so many people are unhappy. Too many people foolishly confuse “pleasure” for “true happiness”— when the two are incredibly different.
Need a little more detail on the differences between the two?
Aristotle believed that many people in his day were on a constant roller coaster rise/fall of happy/sad/happy/sad/happy/sad – because that blip of pleasure is fleeting!
The same thing applies to the depression problems in our world right here and now.
Plus, this also explains why our world has massive credit card debt, problems with obesity/eating disorders, and high divorce rates.
Aristotle believed “true happiness” is about living a “soul-focused life” – not an “ego-focused” life by overly-prioritizing money, status, fame, glory, superficial beauty – or a “body-focused” life by overly-prioritizing lust over soul-connected love or yummy junk food over healthy food, or being overly caught up in surface beauty/glitzy clothes rather than valuing what makes us all unique souls.
Aristotle also believed there were 3 kinds of relationships – and only 1 brings true happiness!
I share more about these kinds of relationships in this article here!
Please join me & other readers below in the comments – where I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you believe “true happiness” is all about – and your philosophies on achieving “true happiness.”
Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.
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