Happiness is something we spend our entire lives trying to find. However, when we think we have found it we’re most likely mistaken it for pleasure. True happiness is associated with “The Good Life”. It’s about seeking knowledge and nobility (virtue). One can only be happy if he is at peace, have achieved something beyond his own self-interest and affected change in the world. Each person must follow their own path and do what’s right for them; and it starts with the SELF:
Self-Awareness; Self-Exploration; Self-Discovery; Self-Understanding; Self-Love; Self-Transformation; Self-Mastery
Because it first has to be right within.
According to John Mill’s Utilitarianism Theory, humans experience two types of pleasure: lower pleasures and higher pleasures. The lower pleasures are those of a physical nature associated with contentment. They are based on the body and are the ones we’re born with; not acquired. The higher pleasures are those of intellect and must be cultivated. In attaining the higher pleasures, there may be challenges encountered. However, it is still desirable because even if you fail to achieve the higher pleasure you build a tolerance to pain and have put so much work in that you are not so disappointed. My definition of happiness is related to the higher pleasures. Many associate happiness with the luxuries of material things, oblivious to many social issues and live blissfully in ignorance.
We should seek to be wealthy, not with money, cars or houses, but qualities such as humility, integrity, patience, wisdom; attributes that cannot be taken away from you, negotiated or bought.