According to Aristotle, happiness is the ultimate end, or “good.” It is widely agreed upon what the good is (happiness), and many suppose that living well and doing well are the same as being happy. However, many different opinions exist pertaining to what happiness actually is, Nevertheless, it is accepted that happiness is complete and self-sufficient.

Aristotle says that every action is aimed toward some “good,” therefore, “the good” is that at which everything aims. “The good” is the highest end of an action. The complete good is self-sufficient. To be self sufficient one must be isolated and make for himself a life lacking nothing. In this way, a self-sufficient person does not depend on anyone, he provides for himself completely. Happiness is the end goal of all pursuits, and the good is the end of an action, thus happiness is the universal good. Aristotle asserts that true happiness is complete without qualification. In order to be complete, it must also demonstrate self-sufficiency, since the complete good seems to be self sufficient.

This idea that happiness is self-sufficient is one that resonates with me, because I believe that an individual’s happiness should never depend on anyone or anything else. If we put our emotional well-being into the hands of another, it might easily be destroyed. The easiest way to obtain and then protect your own happiness is so produce it for yourself. Making yourself happy and being content on your own accord is better than relying on another to lift you up, because inevitably you will be let down.

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