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Corinne Appelberg
Ms. Deby Jizi
16 February 2016

Double Entry Journal
Citation: Parfitt, Matthew. Pursuing Happiness: A Bedford Spotlight Reader. Place

of Publication Not Identified: Bedford Bks St Martin's, 2015. Print.

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“Some studies have found that there is a
positive relation between workers’ stable
happiness and their work performance.” (Pg.
325, paragraph 2)

While I am at a stable level of happiness, I
am more focused and my work performance
seems to be better than if my happiness is
low or fluctuating, leaving lots on my mind to
worry about other than my work.

“Personality models of well-being thus
suggest that though there may be shortlived effects of external shocks on wellbeing, people return to their baseline in the
long run, a baseline which is determined
primarily by their personalities cause them
to pursue.” (Pg. 327, paragraph 2)

Regardless of the external shocks, your
personality will ultimately could determine
your outcome from the shock. Everyone uses
different ways to react to shocks in life
depending on their personality traits.

“But is there truly nothing that people can do
to improve their well-being?” (Pg. 328,
paragraph 1)

In the end, I think that if you are working
towards bettering your well being, there are
many ways that you can improve your overall

“We suggest that the cumulative impact of
repeating minor but positive life events in
short term- such as choosing to attend
religious services each week or to work out
several days a week- may be sufficient to
increase well-being in the long term.” (Pg.
328, paragraph 2)

When making something part of your routine,
it becomes regular in your life. In turn, it
creates a sense or regularity and positivity in
your life, while the events themselves create
a positive impact on you.

“Regular engagement in exercise has been
shown to have a positive impact on wellbeing, and of course countless studies

I agree that engagement in exercise has a
positive impact on well-being, considering I
began attending the gym every day and I

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demonstrate the benefits of exercise for
physical well-being.” (Pg. 328, paragraph 3)

have noticed a significant increase in my
mood and happiness.

“As with people who attended religious
services, we found that people who engage
in physical activity received a small positive
boost to their well-being.” (Pg. 334,
paragraph 3)

I think that depending on the person you are,
religious services versus physical activity
engagement can both boost well-being, but if
you are more interested in religion then that
may have more of an impact on you.

“However, improvement may not come from
major events such as winning the lottery,
despite the seemingly life-changing nature
of such examples.” (Pg. 335, paragraph 3)

Minor events seem to play a bigger role in
improving well-being due to providing
individuals with small, frequent boosts, which
in the long run improves well-being.