Happiness And Happiness: A New Science Of Happiness

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It is a common thought that happiness is key to a successful life, and many try to find out how to achieve the highest levels of happiness. According to Claudia Wallis’ article, “A New Science of Happiness,” “Our overall happiness is not merely the sum of our happy moments minus the sum of our angry or sad ones” (3). Happiness may just be how satisfied someone is with their life, but it is impossible to be satisfied every second of every day. No one enjoys being in gloomy mood, but being sorrowful has its benefits. Although many people believe they need to be happy 100% of the time, experiencing negative emotions can have a positive outcome because they provide inspiration for innovative thinking, and are healthy even though they can sometimes …show more content…

An article by Sharon Begley states “They like being dour and don’t appreciate being told they should be happier” (qtd. in Begley 454). Her article includes information on how pharmaceutical companies are constantly trying to come up with new drugs in order to make people happier, but she argues on why it is okay for someone to be blue. Grief should not have a timeline. There is no way to measure the hurt that people go through, or know how long their hurt may last. Grief cannot be controlled. The feeling of loss may demand to be felt forever. Begley states, “Although some 85 percent of Americans say they’re pretty happy, the happiness industry sends the insistent message that moderate levels of well­being aren’t enough: not only can we all be happier, but we practically have a duty to be so. What was once considered normal sadness is something to be smothered, even shunned” (455). In other words, it is almost no longer okay to grieve, and the people that surround those in sorrow are becoming more judgmental and pressuring them to get over their grief as quickly as possible. Begley’s article includes, “once a moderate level of happiness is achieved, further increases can sometimes be detrimental” (qtd. In Begley 455). Begley is insisting that one can only become so happy, and those that claim to be the most content no longer challenge themselves because they feel that they have no more room to grow or improve their life

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