Is Happiness The Most Important Purpose In Life?

Most people prefer being happy over being sad.  In fact, happiness makes us healthier.  It boosts our immune system, is good for the heart, and likely helps us live longer.  So why wouldn’t happiness be the most important purpose in life?

But are other emotions just as important?  Are other goals in life just as essential?

Have at it, dear readers: Is happiness the most important purpose in life?

Related questions:  What is true happiness?  Why is achieving it so difficult?  Is there a limit to how happy you can be?  Why do we put up with unhappiness?

 

Why Do We Like What We Like?

We all like things: a particular band, or a preferred author. We have a favorite food, and a best friend. Having a preference is such a basic element of who we are that it was the first thing you were allowed to do on Facebook — to “like” something.

How we determine these likes is less clear.

Hence our question: Why do we like what we like?

Related questions: What does it mean to like something? How do we change our likes? Why do we dislike what we dislike?