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    closely related than most thought. Starting with the ideas of the Bhutan King in the early 1970s, the concept of “happiness economics” has earned widespread recognition. With that recognition has come a diverse debate with numerous positions concerning the measurement of happiness and its implications on public policy. Looking at the New York Times’ “Room for Debate” article on happiness economics, one can see the diverse positions taken. The four pieces included in the article are: “Happiness Is an Important Indicator of Societal Progress” by Bina Agarwal who is a professor of developmental economics at the University of Manchester, “Don’t Make Personal Growth a Utilitarian Goal” by William Davies who is the author of The Happiness Industry: How the Government and Big Business Sold us Well-Being, “Pursue Happiness, But in Moderation” by Sonja Lyubomirsky a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and “No Unbiased Way to Measure Happiness” by…

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    The Economics of Happiness is a documentary film that was released in 2011. It is directed by Helena Norberg Hodge, Steven Gorelick, and John Page, and produced by Local Futures. The film features different voices from around the globe and they share their story. The Economics of Happiness basically focuses on the adverse effects of globalization on populations around the world. The film starts by telling the story of a small village in the Himalayan region of India called Ladakh. It describes…

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    American perspective on thinking. Before his travels pursuing happiness, Weiner never had to consider what thinking did, or does, emotionally. Like many Americans, I find my perspective to be limited in that we Americans do not naturally consider how our thinking is affecting our own happiness. In his book, Weiner finds that other countries have views very contradictory to ours at home. Weiner even points out that, though our thinking vocabulary is strong, our happiness vocabulary is next to nil…

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    Dennis Prager, In the short paper “Equating Happiness with fun” discusses an essay he wrote arguing that happiness should not be equated with fun. Author mentions “as a friend once told me, I always assumed that if I could just accumulate enough fun experiences, I’d be happy,” He says that “most people believe happiness and fun are identical.” But they’re not the same because we all have a different definition of what happiness and fun is for example he uses “imagine a scene of happy people”…

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    PBS Argument Analysis

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    Although money and happiness correlates with one another, do they support each other or can they be separated? Some assert that money is a component that may be easy to attain, while happiness is a feeling that may be difficult and/or easy to achieve according to each situation. Most of the younger generation can quickly answer the age-old question of whether money can buy happiness or not. However, understanding the meaning of money and happiness and how they connect proves to be a difficult…

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    The Geography Of Bliss

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    rules. In the other two countries, Bhutan and Qatar, one focuses too much on happiness development but nearly abandons its economic development. On the other hand, Qatar focuses more on the latter. So which country is the happiness in these fours. My observation from Weiner’s perspective on these four countries has brought me to the conclusion that, happiness is a balance between the possession of physical properties and the mentality of the people. According to Weiner, Dutch happiness comes…

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    What is happiness? Many ponder that question, from philosophers like Aristotle and Socrates, to contemporary researchers and academics. Indeed, many have investigated a hypothesized correlation between money and happiness, with a landmark 1974 study by Richard Easterlin arguing the conclusion that income does not inherently promote happiness (Gomez-Mejia, Balkin, & Cardy, 2012). Easterlin instead suggested that one’s income relative to their peers matters rather than their absolute income, as…

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    There is a complicated relationship between money and happiness. Happiness as defined is a “state of being happy” which literally cannot be purchased in exchange of money. The idea of happiness in today’s world is comprise of students go to college, get a decent job, and earn money. But can money really guarantee happiness in one’s life? I believe that the phrase, “money cannot buy happiness” still applies in today’s society. The amount of money a person has does not limit the happiness in his…

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    In the third chapter of Gretchen Rubin’s book “The Happiness Project”, she focuses on the concept of how working on a daily basis can contribute to an individual’s happiness. Rubin’s main focuses include the following topics when referring to the contributions working has on one’s happiness: launch a blog, enjoy what it feels like to fail, ask for help, work in a smart manner, and enjoy the present instead of worrying about the future. Throughout the opening pages of the chapter, Rubin…

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    Working In The Workplace

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    As Confucius ones said “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Every job has people that love what they do and enjoy it. Where they wake up every day happy to be going to work and happy with what their job is and requires them to do. The ones that work with a smile in their faces and don’t mind showing up to work. And then you have the ones that hate their jobs that complain every morning on their way to work and every night that they have to get up the next…

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