Achieving Happiness: Advice from Aristotle

Achieving Happiness: Advice from Aristotle

by Michael Austin for Psychology Today

“the human good turns out to be the soul’s activity that expresses virtue.” -Aristotle

Aristotle tells us that happiness is not only something that we receive, but it is also something we achieve. Many of us hope that circumstances will line up and deliver us the kind of happiness we desire from our jobs, houses, spouses, or that lucky lottery ticket. Aristotle has a different prescription for true happiness. He agrees that we need some good fortune to be happy, but there is something else that is essential for happiness.

For Aristotle, the life of virtue is crucial for human happiness…

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