The Importance Of Happiness And Personal Relationships

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What does your dog and boyfriend have in common? Both pets and romance contribute a lot to the happiness of 40% of respondents. Interestingly, in the ‘somewhat contribute’ responses, romance ranked higher than pets, 44% and 33% respectively. So while dogs may be man’s best friend, our furry friends have less of an impact on the level of our happiness. The Pew Research Center has determined that “[pet] owners are no happier than those without pets.” Sorry crazy cat ladies, you might be more likely to be happier finding romance. Although our family can make us crazy sometimes, human interaction with loved ones is vital for a happy life. 85% of local survey respondents agree that family contributes a lot to their happiness. “What
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In this cases, sickness is detrimental to one 's level of happiness, as good health is a shown to correlate with happiness. The Walgreens Minute Clinic buys into the belief that good health equals happiness. During a recent visit to a local Walgreens clinic, the sign “The groundwork of all happiness is health” was printed on the wall under a collection of various smiling individuals. Approximately 61% of local survey respondents agree that good health contributes a lot to their happiness. An additional 36% believe that good health somewhat adds to their happiness. Rather than placing importance on relationships, the Pew Research Center explains in the research findings from the study, “Are We Happy Yet?,” that happiness is tied to health, an important input in the topic of happiness: “Even so, the factor that makes the most difference in predicting happiness is neither being a Republican nor being wealthy – it’s being in good health.” Good health may be defined as strong mental or physical health. So while we may not be able to control genetics that lead to health problems, if we can avoid catching this year’s flu bout, we might see an increase in our happiness …show more content…
Failure is not commonly associated with a “happy life,” but as stated by the Atlantic article, “Happiness is a glass half empty,” the reasoning for this slanted view is “that the failures don 't write books. You rarely see autobiographies of people who took risks that then didn 't work out.” Because successful people are more likely to write books, society has formed the distorted image that success does not come from failure. “What Makes Us Happy?” reminds that sometimes hitting rock bottom is necessary to recognize our problems. One extreme example is “[someone] sleeping under the elevated-train tracks can at some point recognize that he’s an alcoholic, but the guy getting stewed every night at a private club may not.” “Happiness is a glass half empty” also described that “there might be happiness to be found in embracing failure as failure”. One of the most life-changing experiences can stem from tragedy or failure. We learn best from our mistakes. The article also reflects on the common misconception that happiness is the equivalent of no failure. In reality, failure and sadness help us to appreciates the high points in our lives. Sometimes we must stop and consider how life is fleeting, forcing us to appreciate life once again. Furthermore, “There 's More to Life Than Being Happy” elaborated that surviving negative events might have

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