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Pursuit to Happiness
Falecia Scala
PSY/220
March 24, 2013
Kathleen Sturgess

Pursuit to Happiness
The pursuit to happiness means different things to different individuals, such as the true key to one's pursuit to happiness. This can be a number of areas of life such as family, friends, and the true understanding of one's own self happiness. I believe that for some people material things can make them happy, but for only a short while. The true answer to an individuals happiness is knowing who you are and what really makes you happy deep down inside of your soul.

There are different factors that play a roll in an individuals pursuit to happiness. These factors can be an individuals physical and mental health, workplace, family, friends, religion, race, education and gender. Lets take a close look at all of these factors and what they may hold in common. The one idem I believe they could all have in common is complete understanding of one's own mind, body, and soul.

Men and women have a different way of finding their happiness, but studies have found that men and women have roughly the same overall levels of self-reported happiness (e.g., Diener &Suh, 1998; Inglehart, 1990). I believe these levels of happiness include nothing more but money and material things that people have nowadays. We have lost our way as to what real happiness is truly all about and how to be really happy. Here is an idea, look at the way Americans see happiness and how other countries see happiness.

Each country has their own way of viewing happiness and what should make their people happy. I find this to be a misconception. We are all individuals and we all see things in a different way such as what makes us happy or feel fulfilled inside. People who are viewed as happy in our country today are also seen as being rich, having a loving family, and a great occupation. Our society is attracted to material things, rather than spiritual ones.

I believe we...
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