Happiness is not always joyful, there is a misconception, that happiness means that you are in a permanent state of bliss and that’s just not realistic. You can be happy and still have moments where you aren’t full of joy. The more we try to seek out this permanent state of joy the more we are killing our true happiness. We are giving ourselves unreasonable expectations and when we fall short, we feel like we failed, but the truth is, we will never be in a perfect mental state.
- A main form of well-being is referred to as eudaimonia, and it is a concept that is focused on self-actualization and purpose in life.
- By reminding yourself that there is meaning in all of the hardships that life throws your way, you can naturally practice eudaimonia each day.
- A great example of eudaimonia is parenting, because it is a job that is highly demanding yet also very fulfilling.
“A more sustainable approach would be to seek a balance of the two broad types of well-being that have been explored in psychology and philosophy across the ages.”