Happiness does not always lie in being rich

There are many rich people who cannot enjoy food and drink and, who cannot enjoy the beauties of the world as much as poor ones because of the lack of appetite or ill health. Although poverty is not something to be desired and indeed, as stated by the Messenger Muhammad can, in some cases, cause unbelief in the poor, it is difficult to claim that the rich are always happier than the poor. Continue reading “Happiness does not always lie in being rich”


There are roughly two philosophical literatures on “happiness,” each corresponding to a different sense of the term. One uses ‘happiness’ as a value term, roughly synonymous with well-being or flourishing. The other body of work uses the word as a purely descriptive psychological term, akin to ‘depression’ or ‘tranquility’. Continue reading “Happiness”