Series: The Concept of Happiness
A Fuller Concept of Happiness

A Fuller Concept of Happiness

If you want to be happy, you need to know what happiness is. Yet, it is widely misunderstood. Like many abstract concepts that involve values, the concept of “happiness” has been distorted, obfuscated, and denied by philosophers, making it harder for us to understand...

What You Need to Know about Suffering to Be Happy

What You Need to Know about Suffering to Be Happy

In the first article in this series, I explained the fundamental nature of happiness, which I learned from Ayn Rand. Elaborating on this concept, she wrote:   In psychological terms, the issue of man's survival does not confront his consciousness as an issue of...

Accepting Reality as the Key to Minimizing Suffering

Accepting Reality as the Key to Minimizing Suffering

In the previous article in this series on happiness, I argued that it is important to your happiness that you fight suffering, that you develop skill at minimizing it. I then gave some practical advice on how to mitigate suffering: say "no" to overload, don't be...

Serenity as a Stepping Stone to Happiness

Serenity as a Stepping Stone to Happiness

In my last article, I argued that accepting reality helps you move from a state of suffering to a state of serenity. Indeed, when you are suffering, achieving serenity is a practical short-term goal. It provides an important stepping stone to a deep, lasting...

Your Indirect Control over Your Own Happiness

Your Indirect Control over Your Own Happiness

Our general topic has been happiness. We now get to the essential issue: can you make yourself happy? The answer is yes — but not by a direct process. You cannot guarantee existential success, nor can you predict your future emotions or your exact future...

Productive Work, Happiness, and the Value Orientation

Productive Work, Happiness, and the Value Orientation

In this series on happiness, I have distinguished short-term pleasures and temporary joys from true happiness. To be in a state of true happiness, you need to gain your values every day, week, month, and year. This requires not only that you accept facts of reality,...

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