Life hacks: Eudaimonia


Is happiness enough for a good life? And are pleasure and happiness the same? What’s so special about tracking eudaimonia?

eudaimonia Means good (‘EU‘) Spirit (‘demon‘). This is the result of a life well lived. Talents, passions, skills and time are put to good use that bring us a sense of fulfillment and joy. It lives by the best version of itself.

eudaimonia (pronounced du-dai-moan-ya) is a Greek concept explored by many philosophers. Modern psychologists are still studying its true meaning for the modern world. By saying that eudaimonia is pure bliss, we miss its true essence, which is more than that. In general, it is the ability to live a life of prosperity, prosper, and discover personal fulfillment, regardless of the circumstances in where we are.

In her book The Life of the Spirit, says Hannah Arendt: “The ultimate goal of human action is eudaimonia, happiness in the sense of a good life that all people desire; all acts are but different means chosen to attain it.”

In his many works, Aristotle provided numerous interpretations of eudaimonia, and explains it as something that reflects the pursuit of virtue, excellence, and bringing out the best in oneself. according to him eudaimonia is a rational activity aimed at pursuing what is worthwhile in life. But for him the pursuit of virtue is the most important constitutive factor of experience eudaimonia.

Socrates argues that life is not worth living if wrongdoing ruins the soul. He seems to think that virtue is both necessary and sufficient eudaimonia.

“A person who is not virtuous cannot be happy, and a person with virtue cannot help but be happy,” he says.

In fact, some feel that the word “happiness” can be a vulgar term, since not all desires are worth pursuing—although some of them bring joy, they would not bring well-being.

Eudemonic activities that can be practically adopted are:

• Striving for excellence in one’s life;

• Follow your beliefs;

• Use of one’s own core competencies;

• Learning or gaining insight into something.

eudaimonia is gained by working on our inner journey rather than striving for outer abundance. Apart from that, outer abundance can be appreciated and appreciated more when we have the inner workings in place. And even when we go through challenging times, once our inner strengths are cultivated, eudaimonia keeps us balanced and at peace with ourselves despite what might be going on out there.

Eudaimonia is attained by working on our inner journey rather than striving for outer abundance

Although there is some discrepancy between the meanings of among thinkers eudaimonia and happiness, according to modern psychology, there are six dimensions to achieving something eudaimonia:

1. self-discovery;

2. Perceived development of one’s own best potential;

3. meaning and purpose of life;

4. Investing significant effort in the pursuit of excellence;

5. intensive participation in activities; and

6. Enjoyment of activities as a personal expression.

A systematic review of eudaimonia found that most definitions basically involve: authenticity, excellence, growth, and meaning. It is very different from the hedonistic happiness that is achieved through the absence of stress, comfort, indulgence, and pleasure.

Eudaimonia allows you to express your true nature in what you love. The author enjoys her recent Jordanian experience in Petra in a photo that captures the atmosphere of the moment with a local.

When psychologists try to measure growth, as part of eudaimonia, they often look to what extent people are open to experience or to what extent they are interested in learning. Openness to experience is necessary not only for growth, but also for experiencing joy, which is a facet of well-being.

Some development indicators for our growth are:

• Complexity and differentiation (e.g. how well we can deal with diversity);

• organization and integration (eg ability to connect different elements);

• flexibility; sensitivity (eg, being aware of details and nuances);

• mobility and dynamism (eg curiosity, interest, openness to new situations);

• internal control (eg ability to delay gratification);

• Breadth (e.g. cosmopolitanism);

• and efficiency in using one’s own potential and energy.

So, in short, to be in a state eudemonia, we must strive for autonomy (being an actor in one’s own life); Competence (feeling confident in what we do); and connectedness (requires human connections that are close and secure).

With eudemoniawe lead a life well lived, being the best person we can be and a thriving person.

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