Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness - Epicurus on Happiness

We have previously seen Socrates and his thoughts on critical thinking as a tool to improve our self-confidence (here). In today's episode of the documentary series Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness, popular philosopher Alain de Botton introduces us to Epicurus and his hedonistic ethical philosophy; surely relevant in these times of exuberant holiday shopping.

The reason it may seem hard to find true happiness, Epicurus suggested, might be due to the simple fact that people are looking for it in the wrong place: material possessions and financial wealth.

Epicurus's rather simple recipe for happiness doesn't discriminate between rich and poor - anyone can be happy, provided we have the following: friends, freedom, and an examined life.

Simple, right?

Click here to see the rest of the episodes of this documentary series.
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