True happiness. Arguably, many of us seek this arbitrary concept. But what is it? And how do we obtain it? I, for one, am still seeking the answers. In pursuit of the answer to this extreme question, I’ve stumbled upon a concept known as Eudaimonia.
Eudaimonia? What is that?
Coming from Greek philosophy, Eudaimonia is typically defined as flourishing. It’s the idea of all-encompassing happiness that leads to the utmost satisfaction when one’s life is balanced.
“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” James Dean
But how does this apply to college students?
Sometimes as students, we make decisions and fool ourselves into believing that those decisions are making us happy. Our friends, our interests, our majors, and even the college we choose can be a falsified version of what we believe we truly want.
We believe we’re making ourselves happy by pleasing others. In fact, the contrary is true. We’re doing ourselves a disservice by not participating in things that truly makes us happy. Your college years will constantly test this idea. Define your core values—this will set your path. Choose your friends wisely—they will forever define who you will become. Choose activities that you enjoy—this will allow you to discover passion. Finally, choose a major that you love—you’re stuck with that decision forever once you graduate and you don’t want to waste it on fulfilling someone else’s happiness.
Ultimately, seek true happiness. This true happiness is predicated on making good, practical decisions and being true to yourself. College is simply the first step leading to a long journey. Seek Eudaimonia and discover your true happiness.