9 Philosophies Of Happiness To Live By

Thought Catalog

“Of all the means to insure happiness throughout the whole life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friends” – Epicurus

As nice as this quote sounds, it may not be entirely true. Happiness happens through a variety of mechanisms — not just by making friends — and we should ask ourselves whether pure happiness is something we should even be striving for? One could reasonably argue that self-understanding, freedom, and the fulfillment of one’s potential are the building blocks from which we should start in order to end up at happiness. Or, perhaps, happiness itself isn’t even really important at all?

From Socrates to David Foster Wallace, a lot of philosophies about personal contentment have been delineated, either in ancient texts or graduation speeches, and while they all have something to offer, some are more worthy than others. None of these are necessarily more “right” than the…

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