Authors`Definitions on Happiness
Gilbertindicates that specific aspects of a person’s life can make themhappy depending on their needs (Gilbert 12). For instance, the authorprovides three perspectives from distinct respondents after they usedherbal supplements. Imperatively, individuals are willing to spendresources to achieve their vision as they have a perception that itwill make their lives better. Thus, it is evident that people have togo through various struggles so that they can establish a form ofhappiness although they may not have the optimal levels ofsatisfaction. For instance, physically challenged musicians maysuggest that they are contented about their situation since it hasemanated as a form of establishment, and they may not need to changethe current state. Notwithstanding, the world has a perception thatpeople that experience tragic events may take long before they attainnormalcy. However, the author indicates that it is an underestimationof the circumstances since the affected people recover faster than itis perceived. Therefore, resilience is a strategy that mostindividuals use as a form of defense. Almost half of the citizens ofthe United States experience traumatic events in their lives, but fewpeople expose distress. The need to have a happier life is a form ofdrive to individuals as they seek alternative ways of personalsatisfaction.
McKenziestates that for a person to feel satisfied, the outcome of asituation should coincide with expectations. However, the authornotes that the contentment may not last forever since pleasurechanges over time. For example, the author provides the “Easterlinparadox”, which indicates that although there is an increase indisposable income in the first world countries, the number of peoplethat confirm their happiness continues to plummet (Nucleus.Org).Ideally, the writer suggests that individuals often link their livesto what they expect to happen in the future such that there is ahigher possibility of disappointment, and this affects the levels ofhappiness. Nonetheless, it is evident that happiness is oftendependent on a timeline such that a stressful event may bring joy infuture, especially after focusing on the outcomes. In particular, therespondent says contentment is “being this great time in your lifewhen you accomplished something fantastic (Nucleus.Org, n.d).” Perspectives on the topic are changing in that people feel excitementwhen they can have a particular good or service. For instance, someindividuals feel a form of gratification when they travel to watch agame while others feel happy when they can purchase the latest modelof a car. Additionally, the author explains that “to an extent,contentment involves an element of hard work (Nucleus.Org, n.d),”which insinuates that people may encounter saddening situations inpursuit of happiness.
McKenziereiterates the sentiments by Gilbert that different individualsdefine happiness in distinct perspectives such as economic,sociological, political, or environmental sense. However, Lyubomirskyindicates that hopeful people may view a situation as a challengewhile others in the same situation may feel threatened (Lyubomirsky5). Ideally, this provides an assumption that happiness is dependenton the form of reception despite the situation. Lyubomirsky sharesthe ideology with McKenzie and Gilbert as they indicate that it isnot easy to have lasting happiness (Gilbert 12). For instance,Gilbert states that people have to achieve a form of happinessalthough they have to go through various struggles while McKenzieasserts that individuals have to accept unpleasant situations indifferent circumstances. Additionally, Lyubomirsky argues that peopleadapt to positive changes such that they need to make positiveprogress over time, which makes it hard to achieve lasting happiness.Therefore, the authors have analogous reflections on happinessalthough they have minute dissimilarities that are explained throughdifferent examples.
Gilbert,Daniel T. Stumblingon Happiness.Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2009. Print.
Lyubomirsky,Sonja. TheMyths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy but Doesn`t, WhatShouldn`t Make You Happy but Does.New York: Penguin Books. 2013. Print.
Nucleus.Org.TheSociology of Happiness and Contentment – An interview with DrJordan McKenzie by Stu Horsfield. Nucleus.Org.March12, 2014. Retrieved from:http://www.nucleus.org.au/2014/03/12/the-sociology-of-happiness-and-contentment-an-interview-with-dr-jordan-mckenzie-by-stu-horsfield/