Learn and Be Happy

by harry98 on November 5, 2015 - 11:45pm

Do happiness and education correlate. Yes, as I presented in my last blog post, they do. This time, I look at what education is and what exactly the definition of happiness is. Of course, both of these topics are very broad, but here are a couple of very brief definitions.   
Well, let’s start of with the meaning of education. Education is acquiring knowledge. Having knowledge does not mean having a university degree, it actually means having a set of skills, having the ability to perform a wide multitude of tasks. A formal education is going to school and learning about the languages, the sciences, mathematics, history, etc. However, a person can also be educated by life it self. For example, a child in a third world country may not have a formal education, but he will still have a certain amount of skills to complete tasks. He might actually know things like how to change a car tire or how to sew a small piece of clothing or any task that many people with a formal education would not be able to complete.
Secondly, what is happiness? Martin Seligman is a psychologist and author, according to him, for a human being to happy. He states many things that humans need for happiness, but he says we mainly need three things, flow and positive relationships. Flow means getting lost in your activities and loosing yourself in something. For example, when an athlete is “in the zone” he is experiencing flow. He is totally engaged in an activity which is neither too easy nor too difficult. It is an activity that he fully enjoys. The second element to contentment are positive relationships. Seligman says we as humans need laughter, company and people around us to stay happy. He says the joy people feel around others, around their families and their loved ones is a feeling that can not be describe. It is the ultimate happiness. Lastly, he believes humans need to have achievements in order to stay happy. We need to accomplish things that we can look back to and make us feel good. Make us feel proud. These are only the three main points Seligman believes are needed to feel joyful, he does state others, but these three should be enough to give us a general idea about what delight is about. 
Finally, does acquiring knowledge make us happier? Yes, it does. Gaining knowledge makes us happier because, as I stated in my last post, it makes our brains stronger and it helps us stay healthy. Being more fit leads to us living more of a joyful life. The relationship between health and happiness is not only a one-way relationship. It works both ways. If we take care of our health, we will stay fit and if we stay in health, we will be happier because people who are generally more satisfied tend to to get less health issues. So if you want to stay happy, then go and learn a thing or two, it may also help you get fit!    
Michalos, Alex C. “Education, Happiness and Wellbeing.” Social Indicators Research 87.3 (2008): 347-366. ProQuest. Web. 4th Nov. 2015.   
Kaczor, Christopher. “Aristotle, Aquinas, and Seligman on Happiness.” Journal of Psychology & Christianity 34.3 (2015): 196-204. Ebscohost. Web. 4th Nov. 2015. 


Hi harry98,
I came across your article and found it very interesting to read, and I would like to interpret it in a ethical framework: Utilitarianism.
Utilitarianism is a ethical framework that highlights the outcome of an action. It usually brings up the greatest number of happiness to the greatest number (summum bonus) of the society.
You could read through this website to understand more about this ethical framework.
Since your article mentions happiness, I thought I would apply the utilitarian ethical framework.
As you mention above, I totally agree that knowledge is a big part of the humanity. And I do also believe that education will bring a brighter and happier future to the society. In an utilitarian manner, the individual having education leads to a healthier and happier individual. The individual will learn more and develop his knowledge, making the brain stronger and making the individual healthier. Knowledge and health is a big asset to happiness.This leads into the summum bonum, meaning it will bring the greatest good for the greatest people. Resulting education as a morally right decision to make.
To end my comment, I believe that education and having great knowledge is a big step towards the happiness of the humanity. And hopefully, we could build a greater society to be able to apply the education system to the third world.

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