Coined by Aristotle in the Nicomachean Ethics, it is considered as the highest good for human beings. However there is substantial disagreement on what sort of life counts as doing and living well.
Happiness’ as it is understood today, however, does not sufficiently capture the ancient meaning of the term. Unlike our everyday concept of happiness, eudaimonia is not a state of mind, nor is it simply the experience of joys and pleasures. Moreover, happiness is a subjective concept. In other words, it is up to each of us to determine what it means, for us, to be happy.

Eudaimonia, in contrast, is meant as an objective standard of ‘happiness,’ based on what it means to live a human life well. For Aristotle (and, in one way or another, for most all virtue ethics theorists), ‘flourishing,’ or living well, involves living a life in accordance with virtue.
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