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.

What if you could have a life-changing conversation with a brilliant thinker? What if you finally discovered who you’re meant to be? In 1970, British journalist Daniel Godwin has the opportunity to finally meet the infamous Japanese author Yukio Mishima in Japan. Little does he know he is about to step into the daunting presence of Japan’s last true Samurai.

A female form is encapsulated by vegetation in a languid yet stoic position. Nature is used to indicate the suffocating feeling caused by the many stressors of modern social life. The image represents the emotional toll of living in a technological world of ceaseless information which is often morally challenging and psychologically draining, and how there is no easy reprieve without embracing apathy.

A young woman living in Kansas struggles with a growing sense of homesickness for her childhood home in California, and comes to a new understanding of her relationship to the places she inhabits when her family decides to start a vineyard.

A woman can be fierce and should not be restrained. She should not be ignored, but instead cherished. Every woman has a powerful spirit that is often forced into hiding, but the strength a woman poses is enough to pierce through whatever may hold her back in life.