Happyness: ethic duty and man's dimension

Michela Luzi


Happiness can be imagined as the final destination of an individual path, but also as the starting point towards a better existential dimension, more fulfilling, more attractive and hence more satisfying. Happiness can be an experience or a frame of mind, an image, a historical event, a city, a thought, an “other” from us: the main character is always a human being, together with other human beings. Certainly, among the essential ingredients of happiness, we must include the achievement of important goals, self-esteem  and social acknowledgement.

In the contemporary society, the concept of happiness is emerging more and more like almost exclusively founded on possess, fastened to a robust individualist perspective, where the achievement of personal wellbeing is emphasized, excluding whatever contact and relationship, but to experience true happiness we need not to withdraw from others, but looking for others. The other man, the other woman, all living beings: plants, herbs, animals on earth, sea, air should be met, touched, watched, so that we may be amazed and charmed by their magnificence and disaster, by their beauty and their ability to unsettle


happyness; wellbeing; social capital

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