chapter  5
The Relation of Happiness and Joy
Pages 50

Since the fourth century B.C.E. (before common era), a debate has continued on the nature of true human fulfi llment. What is happiness or what makes life worth living? The Greek philosopher Aristotle1 gave a great deal of focus to eudaimonia which was earlier translated as happiness. For Aristotle eudaimonia was not momentary pleasure or positive emotion but fulfi lling one’s given ends as a human being. Aristotle looked beyond temporary pleasure when he said: “One swallow does not make a summer nor does one fi ne day; similarly one day or a brief period of happiness does not make a man satisfi ed or happy.”2