Thursday, June 16, 2011

Passion Party #371 - Eudaimonia

Happiness is complicated.
It is not as simple as collecting the most toys.
Aristotle spoke of eudaimonia
not as just a sense of happiness
but a sense of well-being.
Etymologically, it consists of the word "eu" ("good") and "daim┼Źn" ("spirit").
In classical Greek, eudaimonia was used as a term for the highest human good,
and the eudaimon life is one of “virtuous activity in accordance with reason”.

It is that mysterious "purpose"
that so many philosophers and business coaches talk about.
When you find your purpose in life
you are not only happy
but you have a sense of fulfillment
even in the struggle of every day life.

It is not a bad thing to start the day asking,
"How happy are you today?
How is your happiness quotient?"

And what can I do today to increase my well-being
and live in good spirit?

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