The End of Happiness

The End of Happiness

The End of Happiness

This book examines the ways in which happiness can be achieved through personal relationships. The end of cohabitation and the ensuing fall from social status has led to a culture of isolation and self-pity. The authors point out that being connected is the key to happiness, and stress the importance of being present in each other’s lives. In The End of Happiness, author Martin makes an argument that a strong marriage is a prerequisite for happiness.

For example, happiness is the accumulation of multiple emotional responses over time. This basic definition melds with the definition of happiness by positive psychologists. However, it is still unclear how to measure happiness in terms of its scope. The authors agree that happiness can be defined scientifically, but there’s no agreed upon formula for what constitutes a happy life. In The End of the Story, Van Nuys makes this argument in a very straightforward way.

The concept of happiness is complicated. According to Bentham, happiness is a quality of life that improves human nature, and it cannot be measured in terms of immediate pleasure. Developing good character requires strong willpower and a high level of morality. Aristotle’s definition of happiness takes us to the problem of what constitutes “good” and “bad” things in life. The book goes on to discuss how the concept of happiness relates to other goods. The book also discusses the role of intelligence in defining happiness, and how it relates to happiness.