As stated in (Bolt, 2004) “current happiness research points to a number of recommendations” (p. 134). Recommendations can be seen as a guide and can help one achieve the happiness that has been eluded or not quite obtained.
As stated in (Bolt, 2004) “a growing income, along with all it can purchase, is not associated with an iota of increased well-being” (p. 134). If one that is well-off is happy it is only a short-term happiness or happiness for what one bought. This is a state of purchased happiness. One that posses well-being is happy and content within oneself and within one’s surroundings. True happiness is not for sale nor can be bought.
As stated in Bolt, 2004) “research suggests that as we climb the ladder of success we tend to compare ourselves with those a rung or two above. Choose not to. Instead, compare yourself with those who have less” (p. 135). By comparing oneself to one who is less fortunate one see satisfaction in oneself. Comparing to one above oneself can lead to dissatisfaction.
As stated in (Bolt, 2004) “strive for excellence, not necessarily perfection” (p. 135). By one striving to finish anything one puts in enough work to complete the goal or task and becomes more content and happy. The experience is the happiness of ones labor.
Shura Steven WhitakerPSY 220April 19, 2012Dikeesha Govan Brown
Aristotle asserts that “happiness is the meaning and the purposeof life, the whole aim and end of human existence” (as cited inBolt, 2004). Purpose of life ishappiness. Happiness gives life ameaning. Pursuit of happiness islife. Pursuing happinesscomes withrecommendations.
Don’t confuse well-being withbeing well-off. Well-being in health ishappiness. Happiness is a state ofsatisfaction. Well-off is wealth nothappiness. Well-off will buypurchasable happiness. One’s self happiness isnon-purchasable.
Make wise comparisons. Greater life satisfactionfosters happiness. Satisfactions can comewith comparisons. Compare oneself to theless-fortunate. These comparisonsfoster happiness. Not the comparisons ofabove.
Finish what you start and whollyexperience it along the way. Give one’s all untilcompletion. Sacrifice until all iscompleted. Sacrifice is a notableexperience. Satisfaction ofcompletion is happiness.
ConclusionLife and its meaning is the pursuit of happiness. Understanding whatmakes one happy is the key. Within pursuing happiness lies what one iswilling to do for and to achieve happiness. The pursuit of happiness doescome with recommendations. There are 10 recommendations in all, but Ichose the 3 that best achieve happiness for me. Which are don’t confuse well-being with being well-off, which fosters life’s satisfactions. Make wisecomparisons, which fosters happiness and maintains a state of success forwhat one does have or how one is. Lastly is finish what you start and whollyexperience it along the way, which can foster happiness in oneself forpartaking on tasks and finishing them with success. These 3recommendations have help me foster my pursuit of happiness. These 3recommendations have help me understand what it truly takes to build andachieve my pursuit of happiness.
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