Euthymia (philosophy)

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In philosophy, euthymia (Greek: εὐθυμία, "gladness, good mood, serenity", literally "good thumos") is, according to the ancient Greek philosopher Democritus, a basis of human life goals.

Diogenes Laërtius records Democritus' view as follows: "The chief good he asserts to be cheerfulness (euthymia); which, however, he does not consider the same as pleasure; as some people, who have misunderstood him, have fancied that he meant; but he understands by cheerfulness, a condition according to which the soul lives calmly and steadily, being disturbed by no fear, or superstition, or other passion."[1]

In Seneca’s essay on tranquility, euthymia is defined as “believing in yourself and trusting that you are on the right path, and not being in doubt by following the myriad footpaths of those wandering in every direction.”[2]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-05-08. Retrieved 2016-04-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Holiday, Ryan; Hanselman, Stephen (2016-10-27). The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living: Featuring new translations of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. Profile Books. ISBN 9781782833178.

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