They represent a sort of virtuousness in everyday tasks and concerns Aristotle

They represent a sort of virtuousness in everyday

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psyche. They represent a sort of virtuousness in everyday tasks and concerns. Aristotle bases practical ethics on three concepts: "optimal functioning", "friendliness towards self" and "pursuit of a blossoming life".
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Optimal functioning is all to do with finding the right attitude. This is an attitude in which you maintain a good balance and do not find yourself carried away by your feelings too readily, or at an inappropriate time or for the wrong reasons. Take the emotion of ‘anger’, for example. We have real rage at one end of the scale and inability to be angry at the other: somewhere in the middle lies the optimal attitude, which we might understand as ‘resolute mild manneredness’. Virtue lies in the middle of the two extremes, in the same way that ‘courage’ lies between fear and recklessness. Friendliness towards self is the positive attitude you take towards yourself. Having the opposite attitude would mean being in conflict with yourself, in which case you would do things that were not good for your health or mental well-being. Friendliness towards yourself means you do the things that are best for you, enjoy your own company and are at one with yourself. When you have the right type of love for yourself you do the things that are good, because you reflect on the things that are actually important, rather than allowing yourself to be led by narrow self-interest or the expectations of others. Finally, a blossoming life does not imply material wealth - although there is nothing wrong with a little prosperity - nor does it involve the pursuit of pleasure. It is not about status or respect either. It is about being aware of how you live your life. You have to work at being happy and need to have enough time to spare for it. This time is best spent in thought, reflection and consideration. If you can do this in practice you are, according to Aristotle, a happy person. Modern-day positive psychology uses research as a means of validating long-standing methods of development and healing. Seligman iv was one of the first to devote his studies to the qualities that define people's " happiness ". His " Authentic Happiness theory " identifies three ways to achieve a happy life. The first is that of the " pleasant " life, in which you cultivate the things that make your life "pleasant". You foster positive feelings about the present, the past and the future by making room for things like gratitude, satisfaction, forgiveness, optimism, hope. The second way to happiness is to lead a "good" life. This means using your signature strengths to "engage" fully in important areas of life, such as work, relationships, hobbies, etc. This gives you satisfaction and gratification. The third is to pursue a " meaningful " life, in which case you invest the best of yourself in the service of something that is much larger than your own self-interest. You can "serve" by doing voluntary work, for example.
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