Everybody is looking for happiness, and every day at home or at work, it is common to have fun with friends or the family members, by playing a game together, or by watching a good movie. Other people spend a lot of fortunes finding happiness.
The ambassador of peace, Prem Rawat, said in his messages of peace: "Happiness cannot help but dance around you when you are fulfilled." This implies that it is essential for a human being to find happiness. Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of existence, reality and knowledge. But is it possible to find happiness through philosophy?
Does philosophy allow us to find happiness?
Finding happiness through virtues
Some philosophers like Plato thinks that happiness is a state of well-being; it is the highest goal of moral thought. Beside this, bliss is the most important aspect of moral conduct. They claim that the key to ecstasy and harmony is virtues, which are the necessary skills for it.
Finding happiness through the “philosophy of happiness”
The philosophy of happiness is the study of human existence, human nature, and happiness attainment process. Happiness describes the state of mind, which is neither sad, nor angry, but instead it is a state of satisfaction or contentment. It is said that the purpose of man in life is to find happiness.
These philosophers affirm that if man is lucky enough, happiness can bring a smile on his face. This means that it is not necessary to make any effort to find happiness, because it happens by sheer chance.
Happiness is gained through efforts
The Stoicism point of view believe that happiness can be found through the effort man has made to cultivate it. This skill requires a possession of an excellent state of mind. To achieve this goal, it is crucial to be at peace with Nature, and not to get easily influenced by any external circumstances.
Happiness is in your self
Other philosophers like Socrates believe that bliss is reserved for self-knowledgeable individuals. They hold it that true happiness lies in human soul. In fact, they think that those who know how to communicate with their deepest soul can attain self-contentment. This implies that it is not possible for every human to be happy unless they have this special skill.
Happiness derives from the senses
Other philosophers like Aristotle hold that pleasurable activities can bring about happiness. By taking pleasure in our acts, it is possible to find happiness. For him, thinking and sight are the most important forms of pleasure; the next factors to happiness are hearing and smell, and taste is the last one. He believes that if an individual can think and see, they will find pleasure in their acts, and will therefore be happy.
The bottom line is that it is normal for us to look for happiness. For Prem Rawat, we can find happiness in every moment they live, and self-realization is in us.
In fact, he said: "Every moment has a momentous gift for you.” He associates happiness as the fruit of inner peace. In brief, it is obvious that philosophers and scholars have different, opposing views as regards the sources of happiness.