Hedonic or Eudaimonic Happiness
Hedonic or Eudaimonic. There is a difference in the kinds of happiness we feel and its potential long-term consequences.
Pursuit of Happiness
n our pursuit of happiness we are actually looking for long lasting well being. Happiness is an emotion we feel which leads to well being within our body, mind and soul. Understanding the different types of happiness is beneficial in establishing long term results.
There has been studies for decades on types of happiness contributing to our well being. The two types, Hedonic and Eudaimonic; have different effects - both on a cellular and personal level - and are derived from different sources of joy.
Pursuit of Happiness
The Hedonic view can be traced to Aristippus, a Greek philosopher who believed that the goal of life is to experience maximum pleasure. Hedonic is often relative to instant gratification. The pleasure that comes with, say, a good meal, an entertaining movie or an important win or accomplishment—a feeling called “hedonic well-being”—tends to be short-term and fleeting. Raising children, volunteering or going to medical school may be less pleasurable day to day. But these pursuits give a sense of fulfillment, of being the best one can be, particularly in the long run.
Like the hedonic, the eudaimonic stems from an Ancient, post-Socratic vocabulary used to describe moral ideals. That being said, eudaemonism largely subverts the core value of hedonism; concerned with a good life rather than momentary happiness. It's derived from the Greek daimōn, "demon" - not the horror-movie kind, but the mighty spirit figuring in Cartesian thought and the thought experiments of thermodynamics.
It is suggested that eudaimonic well being can be achieved by pursuing personal development and growth and that it is a more well rounded well being.
The subject and research on the pursuit of happiness or well being are detailed, and extensive, but the bottom line is, we all want to feel better, have it last longer, and in the process be joyful in our personal and professional development.
Understanding what we feel in the short term (hedonic) and striving for ways to accomplish a long lasting joy (eudaemonic) is important in developing a positive, healthy well being.
Hedonic - Eudaimonic
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