My #1 Happiness Secret From Aristotle (or Ari as I call him in my books)

ari salmansohnAs many of my readers know I have a Platonic crush on Aristotle, the Greek philosopher. I write about Ari (as I affectionately call him) in many my books, webinars and essays).

This is my #1 favorite belief from Ari: 

The reason why so many people are unhappy is that they confuse “pleasure” for “true happiness.”

  1. Pleasure” (aka: “hedonia”) is all about immediate gratification of the body and/or ego. It’s impulse-driven hedonism – hit and run joy – superficial and fleeting. It’s “fake happiness.” When you’re caught up in “pleasure,”  you’re “body-focused” or “ego-focused” or “superficially-externally-focused”  – instead of “soul-focused”  (or “true-core-self-focused”).
  1. “True happiness” (aka: eudaimonia ) is all about surrounding yourself with habits and people who stretch your soul – and thereby empower you to grow into your highest potential. Often “true happiness” requires “delayed gratification” – because you have to put in the extra effort of discipline, patience and assorted strong character values – before that “feel good high” kicks in. But when it does, it’s amped up higher than “pleasure” can ever take you. Plus “true happiness” creates “long-haul joy” – because “true happiness” is all about growing who you are inside of yourself – so it lasts as long as YOU last.

Basically, my favorite Greek philosopher buddy Ari believed that “true happiness” is about recognizing that your soul is your ultimate g-spot for happiness – not your ego or body.

In summary:

If you want to be happy, you gotta do actions your soul can be proud of!

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Written by Karen Salmansohn (Founder)

Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.