Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
Nathaniel Hawthorne quoted by Stephen Briers in New Humanism, March/April 2013
Eudaemonia, in Aristotle, means “human flourishing” according to Briers and others, rather than “happiness” as we now use the word. He adds that “feelings of pleasure and contentment are the felicitous byproducts of a life well lived, rather than prizes to be grabbed directly.”
Happiness is something I am part of rather than something personally mine. A collective blessedness.