Hedonism And Happiness: The Sense Of Happiness

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Pleasure is the first kind of satisfaction which is common to be sensory such as a glass of cold water, reading a novel, and riding a bike. The idea in here is hedonism and happiness is used to denote a particular pleasant experience. Part-satisfaction is the second kind of satisfaction which concerns on the domain of life such as working-life, home-life, and social-life. On the contrary, top-experience pertains to an experience that is described as intense, pervasive, and “oceanic”. This ecstatic form of satisfaction is typically referred to as bliss. It is like the experience of a poet when he writes about happiness and in religious writings in the sense of mystical excitement. However, Veenhoven contended and elucidated that happiness is far from the contexts of pleasure, part-satisfaction, and top-experience. Happiness is not measured based on the stimulation of the basic senses, specific domain of life, and exaggerated feeling of exhilaration. Happiness is enduring satisfaction with one’s life as a whole. It is an overall evaluation of the quality of the individual’s authentic experience. It calls for balance and positive affectivity over a long period of time. In a similar assertion given by Fordyce, it is accounted to all the pleasant and unpleasant experiences in the recent past. Bentham (1789) and Kahneman (2000) supported the idea of Fordyce that happiness is the sum of pleasure and pains and it underlies with the overall evaluation of life. Martin Seligman, a

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