Happiness Level 1
Physical Pleasure and Material Possessions
It is good to fulfill the real needs of our physical bodies. However, if Level 1 becomes our “end” (our main goal), we can become addicted to things and lose focus on what is really important in life. Level 1 should always be subordinate to the higher levels.
Happiness Level 2
It is important that we have a sense of our own dignity and talents. However, if Level 2 becomes our “end” (we seek to advance ourselves at the expense of others), we can become aggressive and arrogant; lose focus on what is really important in life; and harm others. Level 2 should always be subordinate to the higher levels.
Happiness Level 3
Contribution and Self-Gift
Human beings need to contribute to family, friends, and community. However, if Level 3 becomes our “end” (our entire purpose), we can become cynical and frustrated by our own limitations and our imperfect world. Level 3 should always be subordinate to the highest level.
Happiness Level 4
Faith in God’s Unconditional Love
Level 4 is the peace that comes with surrendering all of who we are to God, and allowing Him to perfect us in the ways of love, truth, goodness, and justice. When this level becomes the focus of our lives, all the other levels become balanced and healthy.
Source: Healing the culture = A unique educational pro-life organization with a mission to change the way people think about life (healingtheculture.com)