What is life, but the pursuit of happiness?
It’s written into any human rights document and has a place in every democratic state’s declaration of state. “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” is a well known and used phrase today. A happy human being is a productive human and if we are all to get along in this world we all need to chip in somehow. Contributing so that we might all have a happy and fulfilling life. Sadly, though happiness is seen as a basic human right by many, it is one thing to write something down and quite another thing to see it happen in practice. Though the comparison might not be the best, it is somewhat the same with communism. On paper it is a wonderful idea, but it has never been fully and successfully applied in our lifetime. Same thing with the idea of happiness for all. Sometimes I wonder, if happiness has not become a harder thing to achieve in our modern society, where we want to do so much, so many different things, achieve so much and contribute to society…While also feeling happy and fulfilled with our lives. Some might feel that happiness is tied to love. Tied to having someone special in your life, to share your long years with. From that we get the stress created by hunting for that special someone and the disappointment when you come up short in the dating game. With a much larger pool of people to chose from, it somehow becomes worse. Back in the old days, we stayed put in one city, one town or even one small village. We chose a mate from the other kids we played with and married one of them. Surely there was some form on happiness in that, that security that you knew what the rest of your life would be like. Though I wont pretend like adultery did not happen, it certainly feels like it is more common today and not as frowned upon with the freedom of the internet that hides our activities online. And does that not also this modern pursuit of a partner tie into the modern idea of having a career? With machines...
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Pursuit of Happyness: Using Solution-Focused and Narrative Therapy Approaches
PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
Pursuit of Happyness is a movie where a man, Chris Gardner is a salesman that goes from one medical facility to another trying to sell portable medical x-ray machines. When his sales do not go as planned, Chris and his family end up losing their home, his wife leaves, and he is left to provide for his 5 year old son. As the movie progresses, Chris and his son must go from living in a motel, to a homeless shelter, to living wherever he could find to sleep. In my paper, I will present the issues of the family, challenges that they faced, and the use of Solution Focused Therapy and Narrative Family Therapy to aid the family in addressing their presenting issues and finding ways to communicate their feelings of abandonment and sadness.
PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
Pursuit of Happyness: Using Solution-Focused and Narrative Therapy Approaches
In the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, Will Smith plays Chris Gardner, a salesman who is trying to sell portable x-ray machines to various physicians. In the movie, Gardner was a struggling salesman that was having a difficult time selling the machines. In the movie the biopsychosocial issues that were affecting the family was that the wife, Linda was on the verge...
PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
Find out where the joy resides, and give it a voice far beyond singing; For to miss the joy is to miss all. In The Consolation of Philosophy, by author Alain de Botton we are introduced to a philosopher named Epicurus. He was born in 341 BC and started learning philosophy at the age of 14 by traveling to hear lessons from philosophers of his time. Later on, he found out that he couldn’t agree with much of what they were saying, so in his late twenties he decided to arrange his thought into his own philosophy about life. Epicurus spent most of his life of chasing happiness and was lead to a conclusion that it’s a rather tricky issue. He stated that the purpose of life was categorically pleasure and one should not feel guilty for chasing pleasure. Though, what he meant by this, was hardly luxurious pleasure. Epicurus believed that he discovered three things that we really need in order to be happy, which are, friends, freedom and an analyzed life. Although, his philosophy about happiness is pleasure, the most pleasant life is one where we abstain from unnecessary desires and achieve an inner tranquility by being content with the simple things that life has offer.
...Pursuit of Happiness
February 24, 2013
Axia College of the University of Phoenix
Pursuit of Happiness
Individual all over the world have their own meaning of Happiness. Every culture has there on meaning and way of what happiness means to them. Happiness all depends on a person’s traditions, religions, and ways of living. For some, happiness could be waking up every morning spending time with family and friends and for others it could mean being loyal to their country, making money, and having nice things. Each and every person has their own perspective on happiness. It’s important to realize and note that the way of happiness is portrayed its difference.
People normally portray happiness with the perfect family setting, having a good job, and being wealthy and no one has any problems and everyone looks happy. This is what you would call a stereotype of what happiness looks like. Studies have shown that when you asks an American what is happiness or what makes you happy, people normally response is finishing school, finding and getting a job, providing and making sure their family is good, getting married, and or being successful. This would conclude that in American culture, it is more self-determination, looking out for their wellbeing, getting to know...
16 May 2013
Pursuit of Happyness and Poverty
Social Problem: Poverty - the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor. (According to Dictionary.com)
• Structural Functionalism – Poverty is natural & expected
• Symbolic Interaction – The way we view the poor, blaming the victim
o We work to change the behavior, not the actual cause
• Conflict Theory – Poverty is unnatural and not the fault of the individual but rather the fault of society
• Persistent Poverty – you grow up poor and you stay poor
• Temporary Poverty – usually results from illness, divorce, or unemployment (2 years or less)
How Pursuit of Happyness relates to Poverty
• Gardners grew up in poverty
• Only “blue-collared” jobs were available to the “colored”
• They had poor housing, struggled to find food, limited funds to pay rent
• Chris Gardner faced “persistent poverty” but managed to make it “temporary poverty” by never giving up on his dream to become wealthy, to own a “Ferrari”
• Encountered inequality because even though he was able to get a job, all of his clients went to a “more-experienced” person – a white person
• Chris falls into the category of a person who has the experience, but no formal education
• Had a difficult time finding a home for him and his son
• Faced jail time
o Not that many people are...
...April 24, 2013
The Pursuit of Happiness
What is happiness? What is virtue? Although these two things are important to us, we probably have not put much though into why. Most people would agree that happiness is something everyone wants or a state of being. Virtues are part of our character and encompass such things as loyalty, courage, truth, and integrity and are also an essential part of who we are. When we congratulate each other on an important event in our lives, an indispensable component of our wishes is happiness. We all have our own understanding of happiness. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary (2013), one of the definitions of happiness is “a pleasurable or satisfying experience”. For some people satisfaction comes with money, for others with a good grade or a well done job. Happiness and virtue are key components in human nature and something we all naturally strive for; however, because we are all unique each of us will strive for these in a different way.
The desire to be happy is a universal and natural part of human nature. Every person has his or her own unique definition of what happiness means. Each person has their own desires, wishes, thoughts, emotions and dreams. Even with all the different thoughts/ideas about happiness you can still attain it. If you want your life to be filled...
...The Pursuit of Happiness
"Money can't buy friends. But you can afford a better class of enemy." (Mancroft, Lord). In my opinion this quote holds great relevance in reference to the article “Money and the Meaning of Life” by Bill Taylor. The first paragraph in question raises a few interesting questions. “How is it that brilliant people with more money than they'll ever need allow their hunger for even more money to cause them to lose everything?” (Taylor, Bill), the author asks. Later then referring to money as alluring presenting questions about why do people with a great amount of money seem so unhappy. I agree this collapse happens quite often, but I do not agree that it is the pursuit of money that causes this collapse. In my mind it is the pursuit of success that causes this collapse. Once you get a taste of success, the more and more you need to feel like your moving forward and prospering. That being said money and financial status, in my mind, is a byproduct of success. I can see how this misconception can lead to the thought of the pursuit of money leading to losing everything. Another interesting question presented is “how much is enough?” (Taylor, Bill), can you put a number on it? Or is the presents of more to enticing to handle?
The author turns to a book to answer these questions. I believe there is no ‘answer’ to these questions seeing as it is an opinion. The author could gain...
...“I'm on the pursuit of happiness and I know everything that shine ain't always gonna be gold”
It is socially considered that the amount of money a person has is what makes the person, and in every nation around the world there are many people who are poor, and many people who are rich. The rich seem to depend on material items, whereas the poor rely on necessary items such as food, drink, clothes, shelter and warmth. This essay exploreshappiness and income, and attempts to establish why mankind has different attitudes towards the subject. A variety of texts will be used as research to achieve that, however people can be financially rich and happy; the two apprehensions do not depend on each other, and are mutually exclusive. It does not say anywhere in the main religious texts, the bible, Koran, Vedas, Talmud (our principle guides to life) that mankind should pursue happiness. But the bible does say if you find happiness with the lord, then he will give you all your desires (Psalm 37:4). According to The West Australian School Dictionary happiness is defined as “a feeling of showing of great contentment or pleasure” however, happiness is also defined as “emotions experienced when in a state of well-being” on (http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=happiness ). Happiness is defined as contentment, but in fact, contentment and...
...Trail to Happyness
People are given the right to pursue happiness but not the right to happiness. That being said, folks in our society need to follow what pleases them. People in different areas of the world have various ideas of what makes them happy. It is true that money does not buy happiness. Normally humans are happy with just a few of the basic living attributes. To live a prosperous life of pleasure one must surround themselves with what promotes their happiness and well-being. There is a large variation of the definition of happiness, but normally consists of: close family relationships, trustworthy friends, and a sense of comfort.
Close family relationships are very supportive and helpful to the pursuit of happiness. My favorite advice for pursuing bliss is when Benjamin Franklin said “The U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.” (Happy). People with cheerful childhoods are more likely to continue being joyful as an adult. Your family creates your foundation for excitement. Family members help you with the pursuit of it, but most importantly they should support you through the good times and the bad times. Relatives are there for you when need them and can act as your mentor.
As humans we have the instinct to help those in need. Older, more...