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.