'Virtue is excellence at being human'. One of the advantages of looking at happiness as the cultivation of virtue is a real sense of empowerment. If happiness comes from virtue, and you can train yourself towards a virtuous life, then happiness is a choice. Virtue becomes the ability to act 'at the right times, about the right things, towards the right people, for the right end, and in the right way'. Ancient cultures personified, and deified, virtues to create stories for us to focus on, and think about. A virtue becomes an active foundation for rather than a pursuit of happiness.
Celsus Library in Ephesos, Turkey