Happiness Assignment

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Pamela Hollis

WR 121-06

27 November 2010

Revision- What is Happiness


What is happiness to you? Happiness is something most of us are searching for and

don’t look deep enough to find. That feeling you get of satisfaction and enjoyment; peace

of mind, kindness and love. What path do we follow to obtain happiness?

To many, happiness is bonding. It is a relationship, a desire to connect souls with

another. Masami Sato asks and answers in her article, The Secret of Happiness is

Bonding: “Why do we do something, anything in life as human beings? It is because we

want to connect with others. We make friends to build a relationship. We get married to

establish a relationship in a deeper more permanent manner.”

In my opinion, autumn is a wonderful time of the year to connect with strangers,

family and friends. It is a time of togetherness; a season of bonding. The weather is

usually soggy and cold; we, as humans, want to stay warm and dry. A venture into the

elements are rare but can also be a time of bonding. Fall is when hunting season occurs

and as a family with friends and sometimes strangers we set off to hunt for the food

we put on the table for our families. As most people would not set out into the woods

alone to go hunting; into the wilderness with wild animals and the danger of getting

turned around and lost.

When we go hunting, we gather together as part of a group to bond, and to form a

deeper relationship. The winding bumpy ride to our destination proves to be one more

advantage point to build a relationship. We are confined to the cabs of our trucks,

sometimes for hours. These close quarters allow us to get to know each other even better.

When we arrive at our final destination, making a camp is top priority. With the newly

formed community coming together to work a team; a common kitchen is formed with

contributions of many. This is the heart of the camp, the women cooking and making

love with theirs hands while joyfully giving their goods to many.

Music and laughter and the sound of fun and enjoyment resonate there in camp in the

woods. Discussions of the next days hunt, jokes and hunting stories heard hundreds of

times over. Before the children are tucked in, we all say our goodnights; it’s late and we

need to get up early. Before dawn breaks we slowly open our eyes as the smell of bacon

and coffee as it circles our heads. That smell alone can bring a smile to your face. It is

with joy you peel your tired body from the sleeping bag and rise into the freezing

morning. It seems silly to be cheerful but we are gathering together soon to eat and set

off on search for deer, elk and bear.

Sato adds in her article, “Contentment is a state of emotion that all of us are

yearning to be in. Each of us may define it differently. We may also value it

differently. Each of us may be familiar with different levels of intensity of

contentment. Still we definitely have something in common when contentment

comes to us. And when we realize this secret about contentment, we hold the key to

a greater contentment, and to make those around us know the same feeling as well.”

Another great time of bonding during the autumn season is Thanksgiving. A fall

festivity that brings happiness to many; forming deeper bonds with family and friends.

Some people find great pleasure in serving people less fortunate than themselves. This

small tasks brings forth smiles and gratitude and fulfillment.

Some of us host the family dinner at our homes. So much love, dedication and joy

goes into the labor of preparing this meal. The day starts early and sometimes, the day

before as the baking and cooking get started. Everyone from young to old is included in

the peeling of the potatoes; washing and cubing...
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