People may be able to accomplish a goal and be successful, they become happy, but that is not happiness. The moment when people become happy about the goal they just overcame, they will be feeling temporary happiness, therefore they won’t be happy for long. People will begin to look for more goals to overcome in order to feel the euphoria. Happiness is an ongoing state of mind according to Huckabee-Jennings, one creates the state of mind and anyone can create happiness in any kind of situation good or bad. Achievements and success will only be an addiction for over-achievers and they’ll continue to look for goals in order to feel happy.
Happiness is a great thing to have and there are ways to accomplish the goal. I agree with Sunstein's argument that "Experiences can have a much bigger impact on people's happiness than things." Experiences can alter one’s whole view of life while things can only temporarily change one’s life. For instance, the things that make childhood memories so distinct are the experiences you've encountered, materialistic things can easily be forgotten because with each experience comes a specific emotion attached. There are things to do to ensure true happiness and sometimes these things can be done financially.
I think that there are alternative actions that people can take to naturally increase their happiness, and the happiness of our society overall. One major problem with decreasing suffering is that you cannot appreciate the good without the bad (Power, “The End of Suffering”). It is very important to go through struggles in order to fully appreciate good times, and be truly happy when things are going well. Good times would not truly feel amazing if they occurred all of the time. It has also been suggested that a
For many people, being anything but happy is not a choice; however, being happy all the time could actually do more harm than good. Negative emotions do not exist for no reason. All emotions have a much larger purpose than just the stigma or surface level way people think of them. Experiencing negative emotions has a surplus of benefits due to the fact that sadness and anger spark very useful traits that a person otherwise may not be able to access when happy and carefree. Along with the positive cognitive aspect, constant happiness can completely drain a person’s motivation to grow and change in their daily life, which can be detrimental to their quality of life.
It comes from focusing on the good and positive in your life and doing things of positive influence. Shawn Achor really helped to open my eyes to a new idea. It may seem skeptical at first but it is one that you have to go with and look at the results at the end. You can try all you want in hoping that materialistic things and being successful are one day going to make you happy. Until you realize and understand that it won’t then you’re completely blind to true happiness.
The right to become successful only works for those who begin to succeed. Tenet two is the “reasonable anticipation” of success. Because of this, Americans may be willing to take more risks in order to improve their lives. Here Hothschild points out that as long as resources are abundant enough or expectations are low enough, all would be well. Loss of resources reduces the availability of the Dream, however because the dream only offers possibilities, there are no guarantees.
Yes, being optimistic is believed to be beneficial in terms of living a long and healthier life, but too much of it can sometimes create problems. Being overly optimistic can be a disadvantage. When it comes to financial decisions, overly optimistic people do not make the decisions that a pessimist would. (Nauer, 2005) Optimists tend to not budget their money well, which can lead to debt. A little optimism can be beneficial at times, but too much can hurt someone economically.
Or would the pessimism of only a few individuals take over and halt the success of the full group? Having successful experiences is a way to create a feeling of positive possibilities. Nevertheless, optimism is much more than gratification from instant success, “People who are generally grateful report being more agreeable and less narcissistic compared with less grateful people” (Desan 5). An optimistic attitude allows society to persevere when facing challenges. It is important to process the emotions, not deny them, but then suggest alternative ways to look at the situation and what can be done to improve it.
People with strong families and friends, who are optimistic and have high self-esteem, people who have jobs and wealthy, etc. are usually the ones that are happy (What is Happiness). Having enough money to survive on the far side of poverty makes it a great significance of importance for happiness but having more money does not always mean happiness in life. That is because “we’re good at adapting; we’re bad at predicting” and our brain have “negative emotions” and looking in the “wrong way” (What is Happiness?). Negative emotions are never going to go away but if someone focuses on only just that and does not come up with anything positive that comes out of it, then yes, it will be difficult to control happiness.
Imagine truly being happy not just occasionally, but all the time. You shouldn’t spend all of your life being a lousy depressed slug. Being happy leads to greater things. The happier you are the more you can accomplish. It makes life easier, yes life still happens and has its bumps in the road, but you learn to deal with them on a happier note.