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What do we need to be happy?


Happiness is defined as a mental state of well-being characterized by positive emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.

A variety of biological, psychological, religious, and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources.

Positive psychology endeavours to apply the scientific method to answer questions about what "happiness" is, and how we might attain it.

Philosophers and religious thinkers often define happiness in terms of living a good life, or flourishing, rather than simply as an emotion.

Aristotle stated that happiness is the only thing that humans desire for its own sake, unlike riches, honor, health or friendship. Happiness is characteristic of a good life, that is, a life in which a person fulfills human nature in an excellent way. People have a set of purposes which are typically human: these belong to our nature. The happy person is virtuous, meaning they have outstanding abilities and emotional tendencies which allow him or her to fulfill our common human ends. For Aristotle, then, happiness is "the virtuous activity of the soul in accordance with reason": happiness is the practice of virtue.

If this interests you then take time out from your usual Sunday afternoon and spend a couple of hours in the company of other kindred spirits.

Entrance is free, just buy your own coffee and scrummy cakes.


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  • Suzanne

    Sorry I coming from the centre of Brighton and won't be able to make it this time.

    July 7, 2013

  • Norma S.

    Tried to tell a friend on FB! Link doesn't work on a mobile :-(

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    will depend on weather as cycling, hope to attend. Thank you

    June 17, 2013

    • David T.

      Hi Rebecca. Welcome to Philosophy Cafe. Lets hope the weather is good and we get to meet you! David

      June 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi David, bit of a twist as am thinking 30 degrees may be a bit too hot for a long bike ride, shall ponder and see, especially as have 3 hours of volley ball afterwards. At least I know I`m going to be happy. Group contribution- `the sun`. Many thanks Becca.

      July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a-comin!! What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon, musing on what makes one happy......Jane

    July 6, 2013

  • Piotr

    I'll be at jazz festival that Sunday; hope you guys have a nice time though :)

    July 1, 2013

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