Epicureanism — Finding Happiness Through Less

Seems like a lot of people want to enter real estate nowadays!

Who Was Epicurus?

Pleasure and Happiness

  • Kinetic Pleasures: Actively in the process of needing to a desire, such as hunger. These were called pleasures of the body, and include things like eating a nice steak, or sleeping until 2PM on a Saturday morning (we’ve all done it).
  • Static Pleasures: Achieving a state of tranquility after all pain is removed. These were called pleasures of the mind (katastematic pleasure), and usually revolve around certain mental processes, such as mediating, reliving a pleasant memory, or spending time with friends.

Epicurus on Death

Epcurus’ School: The Garden

  1. Relationships are Happiness: Most at the time believed that romantic relationships would bring the most happiness, but instead many brought anger, greed and jealousy, resulting in actions such as cheating. Epicurus instead believed that cultivating strong friendships would make us much happier. Remember how most people recall college to be some of their happiest moments? Maybe it was the independence, the strong bonds made while living away that made college full of happiness for many people. Some ways I’ve implemented this is by optimizing how I spend time with friends for building strong relationships. Spending time walking and talking, rather than watching a movie, is one example of a situation where one produces a far stronger bond than the latter.
  2. We need money to be happy: You’ve probably heard this thousands of times, but Epicurus believed that it was working in small groups, knowing you’re helping people and making a difference that brought happiness, not money. I’ve tried to do this by spending more time with people who are passionate about working on similar things in genomics and computer science, and want to make a dent on the world. Luckily, my time at The Knowledge Society has exposed me to a ton of kids my age doing this!
  3. Our obsession of luxury: We’ve all dreamed of having that nice car, that house with a beautiful view of the sea. But Epicurus thought that calmness was not found in a nice view, but within oneself. Training your mind, through spending time on your own, reflecting and meditating are far more stronger ways to develop calmness.



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