What is happiness ? : Philosophical and spiritual views

One of the oldest questions that humans have been struggling with, which is What is happiness? How do I lead a meaningful life?  Here a quick survey of some of the great thinkers. The first one is the great Chinese philosopher, Confucius, who was a part of an explosion of writing about 2500 years ago , he wrote about this concept of jen. And jen is really about dignity. It’s about conveying your sense of humanity or reverence towards others. Happiness is related to enhancing the welfare of others. Second is Buddhism, a kind of a line of thinking that traces back 2500 years. One of the leaders of Tibetan Buddhism, The Dalai Lama, he wrote: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want yourself to be happy, practice compassion”. Another great tradition in Eastern thought emerging 2500 years ago, is Taoism. It is a little less recognized today. This really comes out of the great Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, and his book, Tao Te Ching. According to him tender and the weak are the companions of life and the stiff and the hard are companions of death. Therefore there are various philosophical and spiritual views on happiness which ultimately leads to compassion and welfare of others as a path of happiness.