The eudaemonism is a philosophical vision that justifies everything that allows to obtain happiness. In this way, moral norms are oriented towards the development of a state of harmony and plenitude.
The Greek Philosopher Aristotle he is considered one of the most important eudemonists. This thinker argued that it was necessary have a good behavior to achieve the good life: people, in this framework, had to acquire knowledge to put into practice the virtues and then adopt a habit of conduct in tune with these virtues.
Eudaemonism also associated happiness with the combination of the animal component (the physical and the material), the rational component (the mind) and the social component (the practice of virtues). The end of existence, according to this theory, is to be happy.
Happiness in eudaemonism, in short, is the foundation of the ethics. In other theories, however, it is located as a secondary element. It is important to bear in mind, however, that even in eudaemonism there are different currents according to what is understood by happiness (the serenity, the pleasure, etc.).
At a general level, eudaemonism states that human behavior is motivated in the pursuit of happiness. For him social eudaemonism, that happiness is collective, while the individualistic eudaemonism believe that happiness is personal.
Due to the essence of eudaemonism, its ethics summons the full realization of happiness in earthly existence. Different is the case of Christian ethics, for example, which calls to act out of duty and with the promise of eternal happiness after the death (and not on the mundane plane).