My American Dream Essays

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American Dream: what is your definition of it? Does it involve money? Does it involve love? Does it involve healthiness? People have different definitions of what they would want in their "American Dream." First of all, let's define American Dream. American Dream is what you would consider a "perfect life." It can be full of happiness, money, love, food, cars, whatever you desire; everyone has a different opinion. One person?s American Dream may be totally different from someone else?s; that is what makes us all individuals. Robert Wuthnow writes about different people?s American Dream in his essay "Having It All." Throughout Wuthnow's essay, it seems that not too many people are truly living out their American Dream. Many …show more content…
(Wuthnow 499).

Most people would agree that if you have a high-paying job that is not gratifying, then you are not truly living your American Dream.

Second, spare time is very important in my American Dream. I believe that a good relationship with the family is one of the most important things in everyone?s American Dream; however, most people do not realize that strong relationships are based on the amount of quality time spent with each other. Having a high-paying, enjoyable job as well as spare time to spend with my family, would truly be my American Dream. Also, having spare time just to be relaxed can help relieve extra stress caused by a hectic schedule with no free time. Wuthnow points out that the average working American does not have enough spare time: ?. . . large numbers of the American public complain of having too little time to do anything but work? (502).

Too much work cuts back considerably on quality time that should be spent with the family: ?According to one recent survey, 48 percent of the U.S labor force say they have too little time to spend with their spouse, and 39 percent say that they have too little time to spend with their children? (502). Throughout Wuthnow?s essay, he states that Americans are complaining about working too much and not having enough time to relax; for those reasons, I believe that spare time is a crucial part of my American Dream. Most people who spend a majority of their

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