Essay about Unit 4 Happiness Assignment

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Unit 4 Happiness Assignment
Levi Wilson
Kaplan University
HU300-26

The first person I interviewed was my friend’s grandmother. Although I have not met her, I have heard many things about her. She is 85 years old and has a good perspective on life.
The second person I interviewed was my friend’s daughter. I know her very well. We have spent a great deal of time together.
Interview with Mrs. Sally Watson
Question: What is your definition of happiness?
Response: Being happy means my family is doing well and I have my health and strength.


Question: Has your definition of happiness changed over time?
Response: I used to think happiness was a bunch of stuff but as I got older happiness was being with my kids
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Question: In general, do you consider yourself to be a happy person?
Response: Yes, I like to spread my happiness around. People like to be around me because I bring happiness and calmness.
(A. Frazier, personal communication, November 11, 2012)

Perspectives on Happiness
Everyone desires happiness, but achieving happiness is often difficult for people. Only a few people are lucky enough to ever experience what they call “true happiness.” Different people have different ideas about the ways to achieve happiness. Often times, the meaning of happiness is misunderstood. Many people fail to distinguish happiness from pleasure. According to the text, pleasure is short-lived and carnal (Janaro & Altshuler, 2012). Happiness can be defined as peace and contentment in your soul.
Different people suggest different things someone can do to become happy. Some people think happiness is being wealthy or owning a lot of material things. Other people think this is a misconception because wealthy people, kings, queens, and other leaders are never perfectly happy all the time. Some people think true happiness comes from peace, contentment, and learning to do the best with what you have.
The two people interviewed shared some of the same thoughts on happiness. The people interviewed expressed the same sentiments of happiness being related to family. Although there is a huge…

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