Transcendentalism discovered keys to happiness long before modern psychology confirmed them. This is evident in Louisa May Alcott’s enduring novel, Little Women, as well as her other works. This paper explores the ideas of happiness found in Alcott’s works, and how her ideas were influenced by transcendentalism at large.
Feed, The Society of the Spectacle, and The Myth of Sisyphus help answer the question: how do you live authentically in an inauthentic world? Being a reasonable and happy member of society requires neither total rejection nor total acceptance of its norms but a middle ground that balances the two. By making small concessions, you can lead a more fulfilling life.