Striving for Happiness and its Impact on Family Stability: An Exploration of the Aristotelian Conception of Happiness

16 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2005

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Lars-Göran Sund

Jonkoping University - Jonkoping International Business School (JIBS)

Kosmas X. Smyrnios

RMIT University - School of Marketing

Abstract

In Western countries, the ideal of a stable nuclear family is becoming a feature of the past. Instead, families comprising couples living together with their children have become increasingly complex units, as have the multitude of factors impacting on individuals and their relationships. Economic changes and secularization are two examples of dominant causes of instability. In light of these complexities, this article explores the Aristotelian conception of happiness and its association with family stability. It is argued that it is not the endeavor to be happy that contributes to unstable relations, but the current relative unwillingness to support and share in the interest of a partner.

Suggested Citation

Sund, Lars-Göran and Smyrnios, Kosmas X., Striving for Happiness and its Impact on Family Stability: An Exploration of the Aristotelian Conception of Happiness. Family Business Review, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 155-170, June 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=727294

Lars-Göran Sund (Contact Author)

Jonkoping University - Jonkoping International Business School (JIBS) ( email )

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Kosmas X. Smyrnios

RMIT University - School of Marketing ( email )

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