What really is happiness?
Happiness is really defined as a state of mind or feeling such as contentment, satisfaction, pleasure, or joy. A variety of philosophical, religious, psychological and biological approaches have been taken to defining happiness and identifying its sources.
Philosophers and religious thinkers have often defined happiness in terms of living a good life, or flourishing, rather than simply as an emotion. Happiness in this older sense was used to translate the Greek Eudaimonia, and is still used in virtue ethics. In everyday speech today however, terms such as well-being or quality of life are usually used to signify the classical meaning, and happiness usually refers to the felt experience or experiences that philosophers historically called pleasure.
So what are the strategies for increasing our sense of pleasure and our sense of fulfillment? This book explores these strategies.