Almost 50 years ago I read Aristotle’s book: Ethics; in that book Aristotle pointed out that the highest level of Ethics was the attainment of happiness.
I defined what the word HAPPINESS meant; it was a state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy
I also defined WORK as an activity with a purpose
– Drudgery was an activity without purpose.
It became very obvious to me that if you were not living your dream – you were off purpose. Not a happy producing state.
If you were not doing what you loved to do – it would be hard to stay focused – also it would make you very miserable.
Our ZONES and MOOD SCALES are in fact scales of Levels of HAPPINESS – the higher up the Zones and the higher mood you are in – the HAPPIER you are.
The fact we have the ZONES and MOOD SCALES is a tremendous accomplishment – for we have a way to predict the future as well as predict whether we are growing and enhancing ourselves.
Inflected forms: hap·pi·er, hap·pi·est
1. Characterized by good luck; fortunate.
2. Enjoying, showing, or marked by pleasure, satisfaction, or joy.
3. Being especially well-adapted; felicitous: a happy turn of phrase.
4. Cheerful; willing: happy to help.
5a. Characterized by a spontaneous or obsessive
inclination to use something. Often used in combination: trigger-happy.
b. Enthusiastic about or involved with to a
disproportionate degree. Often used in
combination: money-happy; clothes-happy.
These adjectives mean attended by luck or good fortune: a happy outcome; a fortunate omen; a lucky guess; a providential recovery.
Quick definitions (happiness)
· noun: emotions experienced when in a state of well-being
· noun: state of well-being characterized by
emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy
HAPPINESS: n. The feeling experienced when in harmony and accord with the correct and precise spirit, knowledge, game, perception, intention, vision, plan, whos, whats, wheres, whens, whys, hows, importance, values, moods, responsibilities, motions, and actions, with accurately predicted consequences, outcomes, and accomplishments.
HAPPINESS: n. A feeling you experience when you and others achieve a successful outcome that matches the vision of your WANT and the intention.
HAPPINESS is the experiencing of the positive mood level, emotions, feelings, sensations and full appreciation of having attained what you WANTED.
Alan C. Walter