Search For Happiness In Grey's Anatomy, By Alex Karev

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“Grey’s Anatomy” is a fictional television show that portrays the life of surgeons both in and out of the hospital setting. Everyone, including surgeons, have wants and needs after a long day of work. Many of the characters are searching for love and lust. Others are searching for happiness. Of the characters who is on a search for happiness is one of the original interns and now pediatric surgeon, Alex Karev. Alex Karev is on a constant search for eudaimonic happiness throughout the TV series, but along the way, he is faced with hedonic pleasure and negative affects the sway him from his search. After facing a life of poverty and being shuffled around foster homes, he is able to take matters into his own hands and find the eudaimonic happiness …show more content…
He does not care who has to beat out, as long as he gets the cases, surgeries, and pay checks. For example, after his fellowship at Seattle Grace, he goes into private practice with “Dr. Butthole”, as named by Alex, and makes a lot of money but is not happy with this. This is like what Chace says about the Kahneman study in his essay. As a person makes more money, this increases life satisfaction but not personal happiness (Chace). This directly applies to Dr. Karev, as he is satisfied with the amount of money he is making but is not doing something to make a difference to little babies. This shows that Alex would rather be doing something that makes him happy than to worry about the money he is making. Also, this show that he has grown as a person, from a selfish intern to a caring attending …show more content…
Some of the notable ones show how caring Alex truthfully is and how he has love for those who care about him. One of the oddest relationships Alex has had is with “Jane Doe” , who was also known as Ava and later on, Rebecca Pope. Alex found Jane Doe after a ferry boat crash on the pylons floating in the water. Her face was completely shattered and she was pregnant. Although her recovery and even when she received a face transplant, Alex was there with her. He gave her the name Ava to try and help her connect with herself, since she could not remember anything from before the crash. And when she did find her family, she came back to him and he took her. And as she developed borderline personality disorder, Alex put himself in a position of helping her. This is much like what Waterman was try to relay is his reaction to Diener et al. Waterman relayed that fact that people will only improve upon their happiness when helping others (Waterman). This is something Alex has done from most of his life, with in the beginning it was his mother, who suffered from schizophrenia, and now with

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