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I think happiness can be a byproduct of having, and working toward accomplishing, a "worthy" goal in life--imo long-term happiness (joy? contentment? satisfaction) is more likely when one is pursuing an unselfish goal--one that benefits others in some way, if not necessarily as lofty as janet64's. . . it's an interesting question to me. My father struggled with clinical depression for at least 5 years. In personality he's somewhat melancholic, sort of your stereotypical artistic temperament. And yet, having gotten through the depression, he is one of the happiest people I know. I think it's because he loves helping other people, and he expects nothing in return. My mother is happy in the more usual sense, sort of a bubbly, cheerleader personality. But both of them take joy in very simple things.
Maybe it would help if you defined what you mean by "happiness"?
Well, goal isn't the word I would use. It sounds like once you achieve it, then is there anything left to do after that? Happiness is important for life, as well as finding meaning or a purpose IMO. It's a continual thing, and how to achieve that will be different for everyone.
Goals are important steps in the process, but there is no ultimate goal.
I don't think she can. Because how she would define it would be different than how anyone else would define it. Happiness is very individual.
but if your efforts are made in vain or misery,your ultimate goal has suffered,too.