Have you ever dreamed to live well? Or Did you know someone who has lived a good life? If so, how can you define a good life? According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, the good life can be defined as “a life marked by a high standard of living. In my opinion, the good life can be defined as a way that someone plans to live virtuously by having a great education, enough money, and helping others.
The doctrines of happiness: There are different perspectives on happiness, two of which are the hedonic and the eudaimonic views. Both views have roots in philosophy, such as Aristotle and Aristippus. Despite their ancient origins, these views on human well-being are relevant even today. The hedonic view encompasses the idea those people are happiest when their life is filled with positive experiences and emotions, without negative ones. According to Fredrickson et al.
For example, as morality is a part of rationale, the good performance of morality can lead an individual towards a virtuous and good life. Thus, when human function is done well, it is in accordance with virtue and best human life is achieved. In addition, it can be inferred that since Aristotle’s definition of happiness is to be virtuous, performing rational activity well can lead to happiness. In addition, Aristotle states, “if there are more than one virtue, in accordance with the best and most complete” (1098a18). This means that eventually there will be one virtue that is inclusive of all virtue and that displays an end, and this virtue will be in line with the self-sufficient and inclusive concept of happiness as the chief good.
How can having good character affect the world we live in? Well, that is an easy question to answer. Having just one person with good character can change a lot of lives, so having the world full of graceful hearts can do so much for us. Having it cannot be done by just being kind you have to have a kind heart and mind. By definition, that is what it takes to have character; The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.
Throughout the history, there have been heated discussions on what constitutes a good life. Philosophers have given different annotations on the meaning of good life based on their beliefs, perspectives or even scientific-based evidences. Some view a good life as an accumulation of material goods that brings “large amount” of pleasure to oneself. On the other hand, Mencius and Aristotle advocate good life as possessing of pleasure that incorporates ethical values and they believe that by doing so one will experience enduring happiness. There is no ultimate right or wrong for these interpretations since this is not a factual question.
The Hedonic view comprises more of the Pleasant Life, while the Eudaimonic view comprises more of the Meaningful Life. The Hedonic view concerns itself with an individual’s personal evaluation of how much “good” there is in their life. Happiness is subjective, and measured empirically. If a person is satisfied with the amount of “good” they have, they will feel satisfied, and any positive emotion or experience after that will add to their happiness. The Eudaimonic view proposes that happiness is more than just an emotion and a sense of satisfaction, and is instead reliant on self-realization.
To live a meaningful life is a very individualistic aspiration, one may say it is to do good in the world while someone else may say that to live a life of meaning and purpose is through personal success. Much like any other person, philosophers and biblical figures would agree that a life of meaning and purpose is dependent to personal experiences. To live the experience of a meaningful life often depends on the circumstances and experiences that people endure. A life of meaning and purpose for Dante is about avoiding sin and doing good. For Perpetua and Felicitas, a life of purpose is achieved through devotion to God, and Plato would say to live a meaningful life is to live a life of reason.
John Stuart Mill writes, “It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied.” in his book Utilitarianism. The meaning of this quote varies based on what makes an individual satisfied or dissatisfied. The “good life” is the life a person would like to live as well as what makes them better off. Would having a “good life” mean that a person is content, or does virtuosity make one happy? Humans have many aspects to their lives that all contribute to how satisfied they are with their lives.
Furthermore putting yourself first makes you a more attractive and appreciated asset which in-turn will generate a happier you. It’s Only Money As the saying goes – “Money doesn’t bring you happiness”. While this statement is very true, some of us need reminding that worrying about money doesn’t bring you happiness either. Try to create a healthier, more positive relationship with money by not focusing on the lack of it; this will only bring stress into your life. Be grateful for what you have and know that money is an energy that will constantly flow in and out of your life.
There is nothing wrong with doing things for yourself that will make you happy. Happiness is the most important part of life. Also looking out for your own good will be better in the long run and will end up benefiting yourself and others. If you don’t seek what is good for yourself than happiness will be unattainable and if you are unhappy than you cannot make others happy, which will lead to people around you to suffer. Also your friends should be happy that you are doing things to look out for your own good because friends want the best for each other and doing things to make yourself happy is what is best for yourself.