Who doesn’t want to be happy? It seems we all do, but modern life makes this state of being increasingly elusive. In addition to the general stress we endure day in and out, our methods for attaining happiness are often misguided. Psychologists talk about two kinds of happiness – hedonia and eudaimonia. Understanding these can shed great insight on gaining true happiness.
Hedonia is derived from things, sensory pleasure, and other external stimuli that arouse happiness – think about furnishing your home with beautiful items, shopping for the latest fashions, dining in a favorite restaurant, or taking a luxury vacation. While these experiences are valuable and can be an important part of a person’s wellbeing, the impact is fleeting. Over time, you’ll need a bigger and bigger stimulus (more…)