The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin has indulged into some topics that are essential the essence and purpose of the English Composition I class; she has made herself known worldwide and is considered to be a great author, including a #1 New York Times and International bestseller. This bestseller is a book she wrote, The Happiness Project, includes an account of a whole year she spent studying human behavior: the wisdom of ages, how scientific studies has affected one’s happiness, the way pop culture has integrated itself into our society and its affects, along with many other aspects of a humans happiness. Her “counter-intuitive” thoughts and views have caught many readers eyes and is changing many people’s mindsets of true happiness. Rubin’s project all started on an ordinary afternoon when she was simply looking out of the window and observing a city bus. She then started to think of what exactly her purpose in life was as well as what made her happy and what she was doing to improve herself and her life every day; in that moment, Rubin decided to committed a whole year to her happiness project, dedicating each month to complete a specific task and set of revolutions. In the beginning of her book, she mentioned that “the days are long, but the years are short”, which I find so unbelievably true; we, as humans, often complain about our long days after long days yet we look back and realize how fast time actually went, some having more regrets than others. I truly believe that Rubin’s main point with this statement is that it is important to seize the day or as many would like to say, carpe diem, which is Latin for “seize the day”. She related the importance of making the most of our time and working on improving ourselves every day. Gretchen Rubin admitted immediately that she was surrounded by things that made her happy; however, she didn’t seem to be always happy. She decided to “make changes in her life without making changes in her life” as Rubin would put it. She has recorded these changes and experiences and has shown success in her book, advising and encouraging individuals to look within themselves, finding their internal happiness. In one of many sections of her book on how to become a happier person, Rubin noticed that she would often have one or a few small tasks hanging over her head that needed to be completed but would put them off and procrastinate, causing her to mental energy to be corrupted more than she realized. She labeled this section “Tackling a Nagging Task”; she mentioned how when she finally decided to stop putting off those little side tasks and getting the simple things done first released so much stress for her as well as supplied her with all the mental energy she was losing before constantly worrying about the little tasks. Rubin’s advice throughout the chapter was repeatedly the idea of getting the simple tasks done earlier in order to prevent procrastination, avoid the loss of mental energy, and adding more room to get other things done. Later on in the book, she begins to discuss the idea of finding things that make us happy and pursuing them; she states that it is important to find this passion and dig deep and build on it. Whatever it may be, she recommends chasing the passion with ambiguous tasks that supply spiritual happiness and personal reward. One aspect of Rubin’s ideas that are counter-intuitive to many people’s beliefs yet I find very interesting is the idea that money cannot…
26 August 2014
Happiness is a universal feeling. Everyone in the world can experience happiness. Today happiness is viewed in many different ways. Everyone defines happiness according to their personal views. Each person describes their inner feelings in a way that you cannot compare with another. How a person achieves happiness is entirely unique. Happiness originally means experiencing good fortune, pleasure, contentment, and joy. What makes…
So what is happiness?
First I’d like to cover from a chemical perspective,
When you smoke a cigarette, the chemicals inside that are then released into
your body bringing you pleasure or relief which can be mistaken as happiness.
To me, substance and material pleasures are in the same boat. Some people
buy things or light up a cigarette to feel better. Temporary fixes of relief. But in
that span of temporary relief you could find happiness within yourself. The
happiness does not come from…
humanitarians) are more worth living than other lives (like those of career criminals)?
Defining happiness can seem as elusive as achieving it. We want to be happy, and we can say whether we are or not, but for all can it really be defined? And can we use this learning to become happier? Aristotle believes that there can be a good life that can be defined for all humans generally: The Good Life, a life, or happiness.
Aristotle begins with the claim that every activity aims at some end. This claim is straightforward…
Sara, Reno, Mia
~Happiness as the Chief goal of Ethics
Is and/or should Happiness be the Chief goal of Ethics?
One may argue that other entities in life make up the top
priorities of Ethics, such as Religion, Moral Code, as well
as other virtues. Yet, is it not true that happiness is all
derived from the aforementioned. Therefore, by being able
to stand for something and have morals to believe in,
humanity has the chance to obtain happiness. The real
question lies in the difference…
dwelling on one’s misery to finding one’s identity. The themes and interpretations that can be taken away from this film are myriad, but the one of the most prevalent themes that derives from this film is that of happiness. Finding happiness, doing what makes you happy, overall the pursuit of happiness. This journey can be seen in each of the characters, Lester, Jane, Ricky, and even Carolyn. Each of them went through their own unique journey to find what makes them happy.
First let’s examine Lester.…
Happiness is overrated
Happiness, defined by Webster’s dictionary, is known as as “the state of being happy.” And most people have a natural tendency to try to be happy, to stay happy. They view happiness and suffering as opposite and contradictory to happiness. It is unquestioned that one is not happy, if one is suffering. However, what people do not see is like the old say, “where are lights, there will be shadows.” Happiness does not come alone, suffering is…
Meditation and Happiness
Meditation, a mind-body practice, has gained popularity in recent years because it is believed to be effective in reducing stress and altering significant biological processes that result in people feeling happier about themselves, their bodies and their spirits.
What is meditation? Despite its diverse forms and variety practices, meditation can be defined as a family of self-regulation practices that bring mental processes under voluntary control through…
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Alexander Acevedo |
Psychology 150 |
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Week 1: The Hedonistic Component
For my first week of the happiness project, I decided to relax and listen to music. I decided this would be my “me” time because, like the late Bob Marley said, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” The multiple genres of music spark my interests and lift my spirits in ways only seen I movies. After listening to large quantities…
SAT Essay Happiness
The meaning of happiness is contentment and satisfaction. Finding true happiness is a worthy goal. The problem is many turn to material possessions to reach that goal. Even if that new car, diamond ring or cute outfit makes a person happy, it will be short lived and will leave them longing for the next high. The new car smell fades. The diamonds collect dust. The outfits become outdated. True long-lasting happiness comes from positive relationships, life…
In the excerpt from Utilitarianism, discusses the basics of utilitarianism as well as poses arguments against its main ideas. Utilitarianism is “the doctrine that an action is right insofar as it promotes happiness, and that the greatest happiness of the greatest number should be the guiding principle of conduct.”(www.merriam-webster.com) Essentially whatever makes the most people happy at any cost. This principle is usefull however, for example in class when we were split…