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I'm unable to remember a single-word substitute for "a person who takes happiness as his/her goal of life"

  • What kind of happiness? Pleasure? Charity? Sexual fulfillment? Success? Being the best person you could be? All? Other? There are different words for the different things that make people happy. A hedonist lives for pleasure but not necessarily happiness. – anongoodnurse Jun 4 '14 at 6:56
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    You might be looking for hedonist, although he sets pleasure as his goal - which presumably leads to happiness. – oerkelens Jun 4 '14 at 6:56
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    @oerkelens: hedonist is correct :) :) – Sam Jun 4 '14 at 7:00
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    Hedonists seek pleasure, not happiness. Ultimately, while experiencing pleasure might make one happy during the experience, a hedonistic lifestyle and its pursuit of fleeting shallow pleasure is likely to lead to unhappiness. But then perhaps I'm just a pessimist. – Andrew Leach Jun 4 '14 at 7:15
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    They're 'Normal'. – dwjohnston Oct 2 '14 at 20:50
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Eudaemonism the ethical doctrine that personal happiness is the chief good and the proper aim of action

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I'm not sure there is a single word for this concept, although epicure is one devoted to sensual pleasure (in its older sense). Further along that wavelength is the word libertine.

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voluptuary: a life devoted to the pursuit of enjoyment of luxury and pleasure;

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    Welcome to ELU.SE. This may have been derived from the Free Dictionary. If it is, please attribute the source. Plagiarism is liable to deletion. – Andrew Leach Oct 2 '14 at 20:33

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