My #1 Happiness Secret From Aristotle (or Ari as I call him in my books)
This is my #1 favorite belief from Ari:
The reason why so many people are unhappy is that they confuse “pleasure” for “true happiness.”
- 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”).
- “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.
If you want to be happy, you gotta do actions your soul can be proud of!