Philosophy of Happiness Psychological Well-Being Term Paper

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In fact, both Weiner and Cutler have described the same thing, in a sense, yet through very different lenses. For some, money becomes less and less important if there is enough, but for others who truly know happiness, this is something that truly has no bearing on how one leads his or her life.

How Society and Media Impact One's Happiness

This last section will describe how media impact happiness. For even if a person is truly happy, there are always outside forces that can disturb this sense of well-being. The media in this country in particular makes happiness seem as though it is solely constructed through money and power. In fact, it is duet to this wrong concept of what happiness means that most people believe that happiness is objective, for all agree on this very definition.

However, as can be seen from the paragraphs above, money is only a means towards achieving happiness, and happiness is the end result of a long, sometimes life-long quest, that does not necessarily revolve around money. The best example of how media portrays happiness is its constant obsession with celebrities, yet the best example that refutes this wrong belief is that mentioned above, which discussed the HIV positive man and how he achieved happiness.

Though the media strives to prove itself over and over again, it has created a very negative, sometimes vengeful and hurtful opinion in society that can lead to some pretty horrible, difficult, and even morally and ethically wrong things to happen in order to achieve fame, power or glory, which are believed to be the accepted societal equivalents to what happiness should truly be. Whereas the media should focus more on how people can achieve happiness and how this can lead to peace, it is clear by its utilization of celebrities that the media can never truly guide society in this matter.

Conclusions

One of the sources utilized for this paper states, "There are dramatic differences in average happiness across nations ranging from 3.24 in Togo to 8.00 in Denmark on a 0 -- 10-points scale. These differences are an indication that collective conditions in nations are important for happiness…"

This latter source argues what this paper has aimed to prove so far: that there are many forces at work that can change one's perception of happiness, and even how this is defined or whether it is felt. This paper has aimed to examine various concepts revolving around happiness, and has argued that happiness is completely subjective and can be achieved by very simple means.

The paragraphs above have also examined what societal constructs do to impact one's psychological well-being and the inevitable search for happiness, and have proven that even though various forces try to change one's concept of happiness, there is always a sense of happiness when one does not connect it with money, but that, paradoxically, there is also an ever-present necessity to do so. Though further studies on this matter should be undertaken, happiness is a subjective matter that can certainly be achieved, and does not necessarily need to be connected with money and finances, and this is a certainty.

Sources:

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Aristotle. "Nicomachean Ethics-Book X." The Internet Classics Archive (350 BCE). Print.

Aristotle. "Nicomachean Ethics-Book II." The Internet Classics Archive (350 BCE). Print.

Aristotle. "Nicomachean Ethics -- the End." The Internet Classics Archive (350 BCE). Print.

Eric Weiner. "The Geography of Bliss." 12 Books. New York/Boston (Year (did not have the year in the attached source)). Print.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. "The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living." Riverhead Books: New York (1998). Print.

Jan Ott. "Greater Happiness for a Greater Number: Some Non-controversial Options for Governments." Happiness Studies (2010). Print Journal: DOI 10.1007/s10902-010-9206-x (Source provided by customer).

Aristotle. "Nicomachean Ethics-Book X." The Internet Classics Archive (350 BCE). Print.

Aristotle. "Nicomachean Ethics-Book II." The Internet Classics Archive (350 BCE). Print.

Aristotle. "Nicomachean Ethics -- the End." The Internet Classics Archive (350 BCE). Print.

Eric Weiner. "The Geography of Bliss." 12 Books. New York/Boston (Year (did not have the year in the attached source)). Print.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. "The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living." Riverhead Books: New York (1998). Print.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD. "The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living." Riverhead Books: New York (1998). Print.

Jan Ott. "Greater Happiness for a Greater Number: Some Non-controversial Options…

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