Friday, March 7, 2014

Examining The Difference and Compatibility Between Hedonic and Eudaimonic Happiness

There are different forms of Happiness discussed in Positive Psychology. I believe that the 2 main kinds of Hedonic and Eudaimonic Happiness have different range and concentration of focus and they both apply in dealing with 2 similarly different range and concentration of negative disturbances/limitations usually perceived as disturbing/distressing events in life.

Hedonic and Eudaimonic Happiness can work together quite like ensuring a car can move smoothly on the road. Hedonic happiness is quite like the wheels of a car that individually lifts a car above the ground. Together with the long stretch of concrete road that also lifts the car above raw non-traversable terrain, they both allow the car to go where it needs to go.

I feel Hedonic Happiness is a smaller and concentrated range of Happiness dealing to offset small concentrated forms of negative disturbances/limitations that occur in daily life. For example, the car wheels offsets the strong disturbances/limitations of many small striking rocks on the road. Eudaimonc Happiness is a broader and longer range of Happiness dealing to offset less concentrated prolonged forms of negative disturbances/limitations. For example, the road serves to offset the less-prominent uneven prolonged disturbances/limitations found on raw uneven terrain.

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