How the Pursuit of Satisfaction, Not Happiness, Makes Us Truly Happier – BlueZones.com

By Allen S. Weiss, MD, FACP, FACR, MBA, Chief Medical Officer of Blue Zones Project. The former President and CEO of the NCH Healthcare System in Naples, Florida, Dr. Weiss also had a solo practice in Rheumatology, Internal Medicine, and Geriatrics for twenty-three years. He is board-certified in all three specialties and is recognized both as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. 

Happiness is an essential quality for a good life and a positive measure in successful blue zones communities. But what exactly is happiness?

The discussion starts in antiquity with Aristotle’s views of happiness in Nicomachean Ethics that are still relevant today. Aristotle claims that true happiness is not fleeting, like a feeling, but rather a measure of how well you have lived to your full potential. People pursue money or pleasure because they believe these things will make them happy; but in Aristotle’s view, true happiness is always an end in itself.

Happiness is being happy in the moment, but life satisfaction is being happy about your life. Satisfaction with your life overall also creates happiness. Various aspects may be great or not as good but taken as a whole, three characteristics define life satisfaction which, in turn, creates happiness.

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