Eudaimonia is Important to the Fabric of Society

Greek: εὐδαιμονία [eu̯dai̯moníaː Happiness derived from the prosperity of all living things.

Meaning is healthier than happiness, according to a 2013 report from The Atlantic. The article, written by Emily Esfahani Smith, explores the relationship between selfish happiness (hedonism) and selfless happiness (eudaimonism). The study says that temporary feelings of happiness are about as good for a person as adversity. However, feelings of goodwill practiced by helping others are said to increase feelings of both meaning and happiness in an individual. 

"Meaning was defined as an orientation to something bigger than the self. They measured meaning by asking questions like 'How often did you feel that your life has a sense of direction or meaning to it?', 'How often did you feel that you had something to contribute to society?', and 'How often did you feel that you belonged to a community/social group?” The more people endorsed these measures of 'eudaimonic well-being' — or, simply put, virtue — the more meaning they felt in life." 

By contributing to society, a person can feel like they're a part of something bigger than themselves. But how can one help society as a whole?

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While giving to a charitable organization is always good, volunteering may be your best bet against feelings of unhappiness. By contributing your time to someone in need of your help, you'll not only feel good about yourself but you'll feel better about the world in general. 

One such way to improve your feelings of happiness would be to volunteer as a Guiding Light. Guiding Lights is's mentorship and advocate program designed to help the meek and unemployed find their confidence again. 

If you're serious about defeating feelings of unhappiness, why not sign up for our next training session on Saturday, August 4th? There's someone out there that needs your help.