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Consuming Happiness Week 2: The Good Life: What is Happiness?Selections from Happiness: Classic and Contemporary Readings in PhilosophyDaniel Nettle, “Introduction;” Aristotle, “The Nicomachean Ethics;” Augustine, “The HappyLife;” Thomas Aquinas, “Summa Contra Gentiles” in Happiness: Classic and ContemporaryReadings in Philosophy (2008) (35 pp)”“Big Picture” – Chap 1 &2Chap 1oLiving on purpose means becoming aware of who you are and what you arebringing to life each day as you create your good lifeoAristotleHedonic Happiness: making yourself feel good by maximizing pleasure &minimizing pain at every turnEudaimonic Happiness: meaningful flourishing that comes fromsatisfying, other-centered work and virtue-based action (prosocial)Chap 2oVision: Hope for the future, your dream of what could be possibleoPurpose: Asnwer to “What am I called to do?”oGoals: Stepping-stones that keep you on track as you live purposefullyoSay “yes” to experiences: embracing a purposeful life & making a narrative“For Most of History, People Didn’t Assume They Deserved to be Happy. What changed?”Bf 18thcenturyoHappiness was viewed as a rare & special achievement in a world of suffering &painoIt was important to resist short-term pleasures in favor of long-term cultivation ofthe mind, spurning fleeting seductions in favor of more lasting harmony andpeace18thcentury: Way ppl talk about happiness started to shiftoMany stood a good chance of outwitting suffering, once and for allLess likely for famine & epidemic diseaseGreater control over the environmentoAmerica – Declaration of Independence: People have the right to obtain happinessoHappiness = highest good of a virtuous life -> good feeling registered by a smileYet, US, while being one of the wealthiest nations in the world, we are seeing growth inmental illness, loneliness, etc.“TED: What makes a Good Life”Longest study – from Harvard for 70 years study on 724 men (1938)Richest vs. PoorestIn-person, scan brain, children,…Result: Good relationships make us happier & healthieroSocial connection makes us happy & live longerLoneliness is toxic (more than 1 in 5 in the US)oThe quality of close-relationship matters (not the number,…)
oGood relationship protects our brainsThus, lean into relationship“TED: Authentic Purpose”Purpose: Using your strength and keeping with your values to make a positive impact onothersoHaving the reason Why – correlated with healthier living, better relationships,more money, longer lifeQuestions – Purpose Statemento

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