You de WHAT?

I’m … what?

You de monia, MJ.

I’m de, er, the? I’m the … monia?

You de monia.

Okay, I don’t have pneumonia if that’s what you mean. In fact, I’m feeling pert, perky, in the pink, positively …

Not pneumonia, silly! Sound it out: Yoo-di-moh-nee-uh.

AH-HA! You said “eudemonia”!

Now we’re talking.

Heck, yes, I am steeped in eudemonia (which, I might add, is a whole lot better than being socked in with pneumonia).

The Greek word eudemonia connotes happiness, but it means more than mere merriment, my friends. Let’s look to the lingo of Aristotle.

Philosophy 101 (dig a little deeper, probe the profound) …

Eudemonia literally translates as something more like “the state of having a good indwelling spirit” or “happiness as the result of an active life governed by reason.”

For the sake of farmgirl frugality, let’s call it a state of flourishing and leave it at that.

I de monia!

Are you de monia?

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  1. Kathy Beachy says:

    I’m trying to be. At almost 60 with osteoarthritis, it’s getting harder to move around in my garden. But when I’m out in my garden, hands deep in the moist earth, alone with my plants and God….that’s when I feel the most eudemonia-like.
    Thanks for getting me moving more. You and all the MJF sisters have inspired me to ‘do’ instead of ‘don’t’, ‘can-do’ instead of ‘can’t do’. I’m really enjoying my life more now.
    I wish I would have found you a long time ago.
    Thanks again.
    Kathy Beachy

  2. Mary ann says:

    My friend Natalie for Beyond the Reef sent me over. I too am striving this year to find a better balance and find eudemonia in my life!

  3. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I would say that this week, I have been on a eudemonia High!!! The source you might ask??? Working with a talented young entrepreneur who has invited me to ride along! Yep, this Farmgirl is ridin’ shot gun in the farm wagon in my best apron!! Try it yourself and see what I mean!!

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