The Concept of Happiness According to Aristotle

What is happiness? What bring forth joy to our life? Is it what we do or believe? The question is complicated but has an answer. I think the definition of happiness is relative. It is relative in that, the concept of happiness or what is good varies from one person to another and the environment. In this paper, I am going to discuss the concept of happiness and ethics as viewed by Aristotle. I will draw materials and information from the work of Aristotle understanding of happiness and ethics. I will have a close check on the viewpoints of happiness according to Aristotle. In the end, I will offer my final verdict on the position that Aristotle believe in as far as happiness.

As aforementioned, happiness depends on an individual. Happiness is what makes human life meaningful and enjoyable. In fact, happiness is the goal of life. In his work, Aristotle tends to look for answers to the question of happiness as far human beings are concerned. Happiness involves fulfillment of certain conditions that comprises human life, some of these conditions include wealth, good reputation, good health, a good family just a few to mention. Everything that people do, the target result at the end of it all is happiness. Every person toils and struggles to achieve happiness at the end of the race, which is the goal of life. Therefore, to Aristotle, happiness is the goal of life, and the goal of life is happiness. He argues that good or bad fortune that human beings experience can play a critical role in determining their happiness. That is to say that, the things that we do are the ones that determine or happiness. For instance, factors such as good health, good family, our position in the society, material circumstances and even how we look can affect our happiness. Therefore, happiness can be defined as a question of behavior, habit, virtue but not luck. According to Aristotle, a person of good morals is likely to have some happiness.

As far as I am concerned, the question happiness and the meaning attached to it by Aristotle have some truth. I support his argument that the goal purpose of life is happiness and vice versa. It is obvious that in our daily life we toil, people work without sleep, students study hard, governments fight corruption, scientists look for the cure of deadly diseases purposely to make the human life comfortable and enjoyable. According to Aristotle, our behaviors influence our happiness. Happiness comes from an accomplishment what is valued important to a person. Ethics or rather our morals shape and account for our happiness. A morally upright person or a person with a good reputation as Aristotle puts it, is more likely to be happy because they very little disturbances in their life. According to Aristotle, happiness is gained after accomplishment or fulfillment of some condition in life. For instance, a person is so much sorrowful after he/she fails to achieve the simple goals that they have set in their life. They lack happiness because something was not achieved as planned.

Conclusion
As aforementioned, the concept of happiness is complex. Being happy is the goal of our life. Aristotle believes that the desire for happiness is what makes people work hard in life, change or modify their behaviors. I firmly agreed and support Aristotle’s meaning and understanding of happiness. It is much obvious that happiness is a product of accomplishment of our goals in our life.
02/06/2018 06:39:15
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