Wouldn't all those things factor into overall happiness? I think that it takes a lot of things to achieve complete happiness. When the important things in my life are balanced then I can be happy.Happiness is ONE of the things I want. Sometimes the things I want do not go together. For instance, some do crazy things to feel happy and I simply won't do those things. There is more to life than to spending your time and energy trying to make yourself happy. What about fulfilling your potential, helping others, making others happy, finding your purpose in life, learning more about yourself/others/life, learning to love, etc, etc.
Not necessarily. It might bring a general sense of satisfaction, of having accomplished something meaningful, but again, happiness is a vague enough concept and can be reached in so many different ways that I would not want to live a life that is solely dedicated to making myself as happy as possible. Obviously if I obtain happiness or satisfaction as a product of reaching my goals, then it would be a plus. But if I decide to make "helping others" a major goal in my life, then I must endure much heartache and anger as I try to help those who have been abused or hurt, the poor and disadvantaged, the disabled, etc. So yes I will hopefully be gratified by having lived my life according to certain values but there is the risk that I may not be as happy as having lived a less principled life. But I will have the satisfaction of having done the right honorable thing, of having helped people who were struggling, and even if I failed many times and felt furious and hurt, I also had moments of victory, and lived a life that was worth living.Wouldn't all those things factor into overall happiness? I think that it takes a lot of things to achieve complete happiness. When the important things in my life are balanced then I can be happy.