The True Nature of Happiness
How do we seek happiness? True happiness and unity: ‘May all be happy’ as an intent. Tolstoy: happiness through serving one’s neighbour. Observation, the conscious perceiver and the present moment.
Happiness and society
Is happiness natural? Analogy of light bulbs. Relationship between happiness and law.
Happiness and Utilitarianism
Bentham, Mill. Gandhi’s criticism and an alternative view to utilitarianism. The art of listening: practical exercise.
Happiness and pleasure
Hedonism, Epicurus and Plato. Plato suggests two categories, necessary and unnecessary pleasures. Introduction to the Upanishads: finding satisfaction in oneself.
Happiness and the Platonic Goods
Divine goods: wisdom, self-control, justice and courage. Human goods: health, beauty, strength and wealth. Are these the way to happiness?
Rejoice in the present
Introduction to Marsilio Ficino, renaissance philosopher. Key phrases inscribed on academy walls. Rejoice in the present. Richard Jefferies
Introduction to Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching. Tea ceremony. Exploring effortless action.
Happiness and contentment
Introduction to Patanjali and the 8-fold system of yoga, meditation, contentment. What about ambition? Finding happiness in work: 2 principles for finding happiness in work.
Happiness and work
2 more principles for finding happiness in work. Practical exercise to discover more about the principles of work in action.
Happiness and wisdom
The connection between wisdom and happiness. Marcus Aurelius; you don’t need much to live happily. Review of the term.