Essay about The Pursuit Of Happiness : Happiness

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The Pursuit of Happiness Per Merriam-Webster dictionary, happiness is defined in three ways. Happiness is the state of well-being and contentment, obsolete: good fortune, and a pleasurable or satisfying experience. The word is also correlated with other words such as joy, prosperity, felicity, and aptness. The word “happy” was first recorded in the 15th century. The online etymology dictionary states, from Greek to Irish, a great majority of the European words for “happy” at first meant “lucky.” However, in modern day the word happiness has seemed to equate itself, or go hand-in-hand with money, love, and relationships. Furthermore, people think money, love and relationships can create happiness in their lives. So, what exactly is happiness? This essay defines happiness through money, relationships, and love. When you think of a time where you had a sum of money and could use it for anything you wanted, did it make you happy? From the University of Michigan, economist Justin Wolfers says, “When you spend money on experiences, you tend to be happier.” Additionally, Michael I. Norton, a Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School has conducted research on why spending money on new experiences yields more happiness than spending it on new products. This research shows evidence that when it comes to money, happiness can be defined as a pleasurable or satisfying experience. Moreover, does more money mean more happiness? When people are in love or find…

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