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Is Happiness Overrated? The Duality of Reasons Behind Our Actions

Ashkan Farhadi, USA

What is the real motive behind our actions? Aristotle believed happiness to be the ultimate goal of life and the pursuit of happiness is the primary motive for our daily activities. It is not surprising that we all want to have an optimal state of well-being and fulfilling life. Either we are proponent of hedonistic approach in which one finds happiness by attaining pleasure and avoiding painful experiences or eudemonic approach in which happiness is the result of self- realization and proper life functioning, our actions are motivated by a blend of Hedonic and Eudemonic Motives for Activities, or HEMA.

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