The Importance Of Happiness In Society

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Nine to five, Monday through Friday, and hours in traffic, obtaining a career is highly stressed throughout society. Attaining a secure and good job means the ability to enjoy a happy and comfortable life. Now a days having a satisfying job entails making good money which encompasses living stress free. So what drives society? Is it the career? Or is it the thought of security and comfort of a desirable income? People spend 40 plus hours a week to strive to afford a satisfying lifestyle. Many people spend numerous hours of overtime at work to make more money with the thought that it will bring greater joy to life. Money brings happiness to individuals in the aspect that it is essential to provide food and shelter, but, beyond the simplicities …show more content…
Thoreau states that “millions are awake enough for physical labor; but…only one in a hundred millions to a poetic or divine life” (Thoreau 14). This exemplifies how the majority of people are aware and driven to increase their income that they spend the majority of their time working. It’s the “petty fears and petty pleasures” (Thoreau 21) that drive society to work long hours and increase their income to defy their level of happiness. The fear of failure and security one feels from obtaining a higher income causes people to believe that with it they are truly happy. In reality, working long hours deters individuals from family time. The strength of healthy relationships brings true happiness to an individual. Relationships bring long term joy to an individual and are priceless. The time spent with family and friends, the simple act of giving love, gratitude and smiles brings long term happiness. Money may momentarily bring satisfaction but money could never purchase an honestly blissful life full of cherish able …show more content…
In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury portrays Mildred as a soulless woman captivated by materialistic objects. Mildred asks Montag to “get the fourth wall torn out and (put) a fourth wall-TV” (Bradbury 9). Materialistic objects defy happiness for Mildred, she desires to have nice things to bring her happiness. When Montag tells Mildred he can’t afford a fourth TV she states “consider me sometimes” (Bradbury 9). This shows that Mildred’s way of thinking is that people showing affection to each other means buying materialistic objects for one another. Mildred thinks she is truly happy with her TV’s and her television family but in reality she’s depressed. In the beginning of the novel Mildred attempts to kill herself by overdosing on pills. This clearly exemplifies how unhappy she truly is. Mildred’s belief that her TV family bring her true happiness prevents her from spending quality time with her husband and experience real happiness versus satisfaction. Mildred portrays the image of being happy and materialism bringing joy to her life, in reality she is blinded within her material objects she fails to admit her

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