One thing that unites all humans—despite culture or time period—is the desire to be happy. Since the beginning of Western philosophy, philosophers have been asking the question, “How can I find happiness?” In popular culture, there are articles in magazines, newspapers, and discussions on the Internet and television about the pursuit of happiness.
Using your personal experience and your understanding of the subject of happiness, please answer the following questions and discuss your understanding with other students.
What are some of the ways that people pursue happiness?
Do you believe that happiness can be obtained?
Have you changed your perception of happiness over the years?
Why do you think that people differ in their interpretations of happiness?
Discuss with others what you consider to be an impression of the state of happiness.
Are there any drawbacks to trying to find happiness?