1. Happiness depends upon ourselves.
2. Happiness belongs to the self sufficient.
3. It is their character indeed that makes people who they are. But it is by reason of their actions that they are happy or the reverse.
4. Happiness is a quality of the soul...not a function of one's material circumstances.
5. It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.
6. The happy life is regarded as a life in conformity with virtue. It is a life which involves effort and is not spent in amusement..
7. One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.
8. There is an ideal of excellence for any particular craft or occupation; similarly there must be an excellent that we can achieve as human beings. That is, we can live our lives as a whole in such a way that they can be judged not just as excellent in this respect or in that occupation, but as excellent, period. Only when we develop our truly human capacities sufficiently to achieve this human excellent will we have lives blessed with happiness.