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Eudaimonic Well-being

Eudaimonia involves being in good spirits and flourishing and implies a state that goes beyond just seeking pleasure or happiness. Hedonism seeks a state of constant pleasure without associating any growth, meaning, virtue, excellency, fulfillment, or sense of purpose with that happiness. Aristotle believed that a fuller happiness can be developed by living a worthwhile life. By following principles and making good ethical choices that benefit others as well as ourselves, a greater and richer level of happiness becomes possible.

There is no doubt that flourishing within the limits of self needs and desires can produce pleasure and happiness. As the definition of flourishing and analysis of how to accomplish it is expanded outward from the center of self, the potential for gains in pleasure and happiness also are expanded. While hedonism is seeking pleasure for self only, the concept of eudaimonic well-being is seeking pleasure for a larger area, that includes others. The term “living well” is a good description of the desired outcome of ethical analysis.