When it comes to usage of the term “happiness”, one can safely say that it means different things for different people. Different people find happiness in different things. However, it is something positive except in other psychological cases. Over the period of time, there has been a change in the way people referred to happiness. It has changed from being happiness of virtue to virtue of happiness. After the inset of the millennium, the way people lived has changed drastically and therefore the approach of “human flourishing” has also changed. This is another reason why “happiness” is such a discussed topic .
Since it means different things to different people, for science, it has become problematic to logically define happiness, which would be uniform throughout the world and for all people. The challenge which is faced by the science of happiness is identifying the exact source of it in people who feel this emotion. Though a number of emotions associated with it have been mentioned above, it is still difficult to identify the various concepts of happiness, since it varies from people to people. Further, break them into various components.
The concepts and the components are usually the state of wellbeing, contentment, satisfaction, quality of a flourishing life. Different authors have taken to writing on the various components of happiness so that segregation of its various sources takes place. For example, the works of the different authors also help in distinguishing between hedonistic tradition (associated with seeking pleasure and avoiding anything against it) and the eudemonic tradition (which talks about living life in a satisfactory manner). This is also working towards identifying what exactly happiness is.