4. The Philosophy of Happiness: Principles of Rational Living

  1. Michael E. Bernard

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470973097.ch4

Rationality and the Pursuit of Happiness: The Legacy of Albert Ellis

Rationality and the Pursuit of Happiness: The Legacy of Albert Ellis

How to Cite

Bernard, M. E. (2010) The Philosophy of Happiness: Principles of Rational Living, in Rationality and the Pursuit of Happiness: The Legacy of Albert Ellis, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470973097.ch4

Author Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 17 DEC 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683125

Online ISBN: 9780470973097

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Keywords:

  • philosophy of happiness, and principles of rational living - increasing happiness and freedom;
  • Ellis arguing that rationality - a potent force, for achieving goals of happiness;
  • set of principles of rational living - putting into practice on a regular basis;
  • Rational Principle 1, self-interest - avoiding hurting others, being oneself consistently;
  • injecting self-interest into philosophy of happiness - for making others happy;
  • Rational Principle 2, social interest - striving for personal happiness in a social world;
  • Rational Principle 3, self-direction - searching for personal happiness on one's own;
  • Rational Principle 4, self-acceptance - newer theory of personality;
  • Rational Principle 5, tolerance of others - emotionally sound people, with unbigoted views;
  • Rational Principle 7, commitment to creative, absorbing activities and pursuits

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Rational Principle 1: Self-interest

  • Rational Principle 2: Social Interest

  • Rational Principle 3: Self-direction

  • Rational Principle 4: Self-acceptance

  • Rational Principle 5: Tolerance of Others

  • Rational Principle 6: Short-term and Long-term Hedonism

  • Rational Principle 7: Commitment to Creative, Absorbing Activities and Pursuits

  • Rational Principle 8: Responsible Risk-taking and Experimenting

  • Rational Principle 9: High Frustration Tolerance and Willpower

  • Rational Principle 10: Problem Solving

  • Rational Principle 11: Scientific Thinking and Flexibility

  • The Rational Mindset of a Happy and Fulfilled Person