Psychologist Abraham Maslow wanted to know what happiness was. Why do some people have it and others don’t?
For Maslow, happiness is not a simple response to a favorable arrangement of external conditions. Instead, it is innate and emerges as a by-product of a fully realized life. Like Aristotle and Confucius before him, Maslow argued that our inherent happiness becomes evident only when we cultivate and manifest our highest potential. He wrapped his findings into a pyramid-shaped package known as Maslow’s Hierarchy.