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Happiness Essay

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Happiness is something that seems to be the goal of every single human being on this planet. However, the opinion on how to achieve happiness greatly differs from one individual to another. Some seek wealth, some seek relationships, and some seek a daily life of routines. Whichever the reason one seem to think is the correct, it seems like the key to happiness is appreciating what you have and enjoying every day.
Hugh Downs once said: “A happy person is not a person in a set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” I find this to be very accurate. One of the common perceptions in the western civilization is that more resources equal a better, happier life. ...view middle of the document...

The five stages were 1.Physiological needs 2.Safety 3.Love/Belonging 4. Esteem 5.Self-actualization. Later his hierarchy has often been portrayed in the shape of a pyramid, with step 1 at the bottom and step 5 at the top. He meant that one cannot reach the next level before one had completed the previous one. However, he did not say that each step had to be completely fulfilled in order to advance to the next level.
Here it’s possible to see the correlation between money and happiness. If you have money you’ll be able to provide for your physiological needs and also for your safety. Recent studies also indicate the same thing; Wealth increases human happiness when it lifts people out of abject poverty and into the middle class but it does little to increase happiness thereafter.
Which also raises the question; if you’re able to increase happiness, there must be several levels of happiness, how can you know which level of happiness you are on and is there a way for you to get happier?
I have to agree with Hugh Downs. If you’re able to see the good things in life instead of the bad, seeing the cup as half full instead of half empty, appreciate what you have and enjoy every day, you’ll achieve happiness before you know it. And as my teacher in primary school once taught me: Happiness is contagious… When you reflect happiness, than all others around you will catch the happy bug and be happy, too.

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