Happiness in the Garden of Epicurus

@article{Bergsma2008HappinessIT,
  title={Happiness in the Garden of Epicurus},
  author={Ad Bergsma and G. A. Poot and Aart C. Liefbroer},
  journal={Journal of Happiness Studies},
  year={2008},
  volume={9},
  pages={397-423}
}
Epicurus was a philosopher who lived in Greece in the 3rd century B.C. Like his contemporaries, he was much concerned with the question of how to live a good life. In his view the Chief Good is to decrease pain and increase pleasure. Though Epicurus is reputed for advocating the pursuit of refined sensorial pleasures, he recognized the need for deferring gratification or enduring pain. He advised his followers to lead a modest and contemplative life in friendly communities. His advice can be… 
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