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Chad Hunkler

Dr. Jizi
3 February, 2016

Double Entry Journal
Lyubormisky, Sonja. "How Happy Are You and Why?" 2015. Pursuing Happiness: A
Bedford Spotlight Reader. Place of Publication Not Identified: Bedford Bks St Martin'S, 2015.
179-96. Print.

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“Instead they mentioned the types of things
that you might expect from mere financial
mortals: pleasing family relationships,
helping the world, and fulfillment and pride
from their work and accomplishments.”

This quote shows us the true values in life,
value doesn’t come from physical treasures.
Money doesn’t bring happiness, the stress
that money takes away brings happiness.

“the answers lie, in part, in the fact that there
are many other influences on happiness,
such as a cherry genetic disposition and
having supportive relationships.” P.167-169

This quote reminds of me of the time in class
when we were told that happiness is 10%
circumstance. Which means that there is
nothing you can do that affects 10% of your
happiness levels and I disagree. I think that
my happiness levels are more influenced by
unforeseen circumstances and scenarios that
I can’t control. This is why I feel so bad for
depressed people, because they can’t escape
their sorrow. It’s like a mental illness, we don’t
understand it unless we have it.

“what matters is that your income is
sufficient for your desires” p.170

Can we control our desires? Are our desires
genetic? Are our desires spawned from our
childhood and the way that we grew up?
What I mean by this is while I grew up I knew
that my dad was stressed about work and I
didn’t want to order soda when we went out

because I knew it cost more.
“Although the Amish live a more
technologically simple existence than most
readers of this book, they reported being
satisfied with their lives. In fact, despite
large families and relatively low earnings,
the Amish reported being quite satisfied with
their income, housing, food, and other
material goods.” P.171

This reminds me of a movie about a tribe in
Africa. This tribe was happy and everyone
had everything they wanted. Everyone
worked and nobody was selfish because they
had nothing to take from someone else. One
day a plane flew over and dropped a glass
coke bottle into this tribe. The bottle was then
unique and everyone wanted it because it
was hard and made work easy. After this
bottle came people started fighting when
before they would never fight. They were
happy before technology came into their lives.

“Materialism, simply put is wanting money
and material goods more than you want
other things, such as love or leisure time.”

From my life I think that happiness is
intertwined with love. Not only being loved but
giving love. In the ted talks video we watched
I knew that he was going to say spend the
money on other people. Selfless actions are
the key to happiness because it means that
you are not materialistic. Selfishness is the
love of yourself and wanting everything to be
for yourself.

“the people in the money-cue condition were
also less likely than with others, sitting
farther away from others in the waiting
room, and opting for solitary rather than
group activities when offered the choice.”

Money can be good or bad. In the ted talks
video he used the word pro-social and this
quote reminded me of when the team pooled
their money together and bought a piñata.
This pro-social event caused by money
boosted confidence and the efficiency of this
team. Moral of the story is to use money in
pro-social settings.