Happiness is a feeling that can either be mental or emotional. Happiness and joy of an individual can come from passing an interview of securing a dream job, passing exams, receiving money, etc. Whenever one is happy, it's hard to hide it as it will be written all over the face. Happiness has been defined by fundamental, monetary, spiritual, metaphysical, and psychosomatic theories and they (theories) have tried to identify the sources of happiness. The purpose of the current paper is to write a report about how happiness was viewed in the following articles: David Myers' article, the new science of happiness, Martin Seligman's video, WSJ articles about income and happiness, and the CBS Sunday morning pursuit of happiness.
David Myers’ Article
David Guy Myers is a psychology professor who wrote an article that tries to find the secret of happiness. In his article, he began by defining what good life is, and he discovered that good life is viewed differently by different people and it varies from individual to individual. In his article the question whether money can buy happiness popped out; among the people he interviewed some said money can buy happiness while others were for the contrary opinion. David wanted to find out the cause of the love for money, and so he partook an investigation on how materialism rose, and it has reached the point where it currently is. He established that materialism augmented in the 1970s and the 1980s and it became dominant over spirituality.
David dug deeper into his study of good life and its relation to money and happiness and found out that many people loved having and spending money lavishly as it made them happy. In the late 1990s spending money on lavish items was very high, elegant weddings were planned, expensive cars were bought, and the American people checked into expensive hotels. Apparently, involving in the activities mentioned above made the people happy. Another question that was asked in Myers exploration was whether rich people are happy and the answer was yes. Myers also found that in the poor and developing countries, rich people are always happy as they get anything they want compared to the poor who struggle to get the basic needs. However, in the developed countries happiness solely depends on the individual affluence.
The New Science of Happiness (Time)
According to the new science of happiness, it depicts that happiness is achieved after all the basic needs have been met, and any additional income helps to enhance human satisfaction. The new science also found out that educated people felt happy with themselves having achieved the great heights of education. Further, the new science has done various explorations on the single, dating, engaged, and the married people and it was found out that married people are happy compared to the single persons. Even the dating and engaged individuals are also happy (not as happy as the married ones) than the singles. So the bottom-line is that marriage is a fundamental element of happiness. Nevertheless, religious faiths make different people get closer to God hence making them spiritually satisfied and they automatically become happy. Another element that makes people happy are friends and relatives. When the new science researchers were conducting their research, family and friends were the most ticked source of happiness. Most people know they can always count on their family members and their friends whenever they are in need. Another source of happiness for many people is doing what they like (hobbies), some individuals who love singing, dancing, watching movies, swimming, etc. always find happiness whenever they do these activities.
Martin Seligman’s Video
Martin Seligman is an American educationist in the psychology who is behind the logical theory on why happy individuals are happy, and he uses systematic techniques to explore these reasons. Seligman employed the use of questionnaires and found that a large number of people who were happy were happy simply because they had discovered and exploited their distinct mishmash of signature strong points such as mortality, perseverance, and self-restraint. Seligman’s happiness vision is in line with the various ethical virtues of scholars like Confucius, Aristotle, and Mencius with their motivational theories. Most people are motivated by money, gifts, medical benefits, etc. Seligman came to a conclusion that happiness is a three-dimension paradigm that comprises of a pleasant life, meaningful life, and the good life.
Seligman established that on the dimension of satisfying life, human beings should learn to appreciate the necessary things around them such as companionship, the free air they breathe, etc. On the aspect of good life, Seligman suggested that good life is realized via discovering one's unique talents and skills and exploiting them maximally to enhance their lives for the better. Nonetheless, meaningful life is where human beings find a broad sense of their existence when they utilize their distinct talents to help other people.
WSJ and Time Articles about Income and Happiness
Contemporary explorations have established that happiness is not defined by how much money a person earns but how the individual spends the money he/she receives. These explorations have also dug deeper into finding out the rapport between what people earn and what they feel in return. Researchers have tried to determine whether people with much money are happier; looking at it shallowly, one could say that individuals with loads of money are happy, but it isn't the case when the investigation is thoroughly thought through.
It was concluded that what matters is the expenditure of the money and not the amount of money. Bright people will invest their money and will always get returns from their investment and will be able to lead a healthy life. On the other hand, some people can be given so much money, but they will waste the money away via buying expensive things, eating expensive food, etc. and in no time the money will be over, and they will go back to their old life.
Online Video CBS Sunday Morning, the Pursuit of Happiness
Every Sunday morning, the CBS television channel conducts interviews on various individuals on how they pursue happiness and what makes them happy. Further, the television network has employed the services of the Gallup researchers who have dedicated their time and resources to explore the reasons that make the Americans happy. The Gallup found that job satisfaction, good health (both physical and emotional). When people get the jobs of their dreams, they get satisfied with what they earn hence feel happy. These dream jobs offer them proper compensations that make their life comfortable that they don't lack any basic need thus feeling contented. Health is another key factor that makes people always to be at peace, thus making them happy always. Whenever people are at pain either emotionally or physically they always feel awful and takes away all their happiness. Physical health encompasses issues such as being fat or obese; obesity victims always feel out of place, and that always makes them sulk and unhappy most of the time.
An individual’s happiness is brought about by social and positive emotions that vary from satisfaction to joy that come from various reasons. Following the articles of David Myers’ article, the new science of happiness, Martin Seligman’s video, WSJ articles about income and happiness, and the CBS Sunday morning pursuit of happiness, it has been established that money is the primary source of happiness to many people. Money if well spent can make people happy and if misused it has no value, and it can’t give a person a healthy life. Apart from money, other sources of happiness include a good education, job satisfaction, good spiritual life and a good relationship with God, friends, and relatives, etc.