The Pursuit of Happiness

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English III TN Core Writing Assessment Writing Prompt #2 Analysis of “The Futile Pursuit of Happiness” By Jon Gernter And “The Science of Happiness” By Michael Mendelsohn The “Pursuit of Happiness” is a right that is given to all citizens of the United States of America in the Declaration of Independence. However, I am not sure the attempt to become happier than we are at this present moment is always an easy task much less even possible at times unless we work for it. The Futile Pursuit of Happiness, written by Jon Gernter, focuses on affective forecasting. This idea suggests that people demonstrate poor judgment in predicting future emotional states when it comes to their well-being. How can anyone foresee what will make them happy or unhappy or how they will react or feel about it when it actually does happen? Another author named Michael Mendelsohn, writes an article titled “Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness”, whereas he concentrates more on the chemistry of happiness. Mendelsohn thinks happiness is a brain condition made up of fifty percent genetics, ten percent circumstances and we control the remaining forty percent with our thoughts and actions. These two authors try to offer an explanation and understanding for why some people are happier than others. “The Pursuit of Happiness” suggests what we imagine occurrences and possessions that we believe would make us happy or unhappy. Then we even take that a step further by actually believing we fully realize what effect it would have on us and how we would react. The reality with this is, most of the time our beliefs are not even remotely close to what truly brings us genuine joy or despair. The same remains true in what feelings or reactions one would have with each situation. The article “Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness”, on the other hand, states that
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