Happiness: What Makes People Happy?

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Happiness: What makes people happy? You may have heard the phase “Greed is Good.” which is the main character, Gordon Gekkos statement. The statement is from the 1987 movie Wall Street based on real events. For some, the accumulation of wealth and acquisition of things constitutes happiness while others are quite happy without the latest thing. Happiness means different things to different people .Every four years when we vote a new President in office ,the choice as to why we voted for that person was based in part on a degree of happiness with that individuals overall message. When the economy is on the rise and we are gainfully employed then we are generally happier than if we were on the unemployment line. Due to the recent drought…show more content…
“Would a taste of the finest Swiss chocolate make you happy? Or soaking in the warm Icelandic springs? Perhaps the great jazz and rock music festival in Denmark is right for you? It’s not the fun activities that make locals and travelers to these countries happy”, according to the third World Happiness Report, released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on April 23. People in these countries have a longer life span and have the family as well as community support needed. I have seen people in third world countries that have nothing and are happier than the rich who act like spoiled brats and are miserable. So, what is it about these countries that makes them so happy? The people who live in these countries generally have a healthcare system built into their governments which in turn, take care of them when they are sick. Surprisingly, not much is spent on healthcare but people are happy because they have it at no cost to…show more content…
Tourist season during certain months make those that work at the hotels or at shops on the beach happy because they can always count on a steady influx of tourists annually. Colleges also have a reputation for offering study abroad or taking class trips, which can be pretty costly. Fitting in is no easy task. “The upshot of 50 years of happiness research is that the quantity and quality of a person’s social connections –friendships , relationships , relationships with family members ,closeness to neighbors ,etc.—is so closely related to well-being and personal happiness that the two can practically be equated . “ Those who have friendships on social media tend to be happier than those who don’t .Parents might want to monitor closely their child’s accounts due to the constant threat of cyber bullying as a result of a child wanting to just be accepted as part of the group

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