Argument Driven Essay

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Argument Driven Essay

What is happiness? It is often said that happiness is a simple but complicated question among human society. Happiness is simple, because one can gain it from just a sincere smile from others, the beauty of sunset and even a piece of single sentence. Happiness is complicated, because the elements determined one’s level of happiness are extremely controversial. For decades psychologists are debating on this topic for years. The standard way of thinking about what measures one’s degree of happiness has it that whether the circumstances of our lives have impact on our entire level of happiness, and the author Andrew Guest also open up this topic in his article “Pursuing the Science of Happiness” by pointing out his statement that people always have the capacity of adapting to their current living situation, whether it is better or worse than the previous. However, I disagree with Guest’s view that because we adapt, the degree of our happiness throughout our whole life won’t change much, because his claim rests upon some questionable researches and logical reasoning. In my premise, one’s happiness is, although not mainly, determined by outside environment.

First of all, on the contrary to Guest’s statement in the article, there are many other researches in the world showing that happiness is related to people’s ages. In his article, Guest said “The idea is that the more steps we take in our pursuit of happiness, the more we stay in the same place”. According to this research on Angola’s child, those children’s level of happiness won’t change much during their lifetime. However, those arguments may not as plausible as they seem to be. “According to survey data representing 2 million people in more than 70 countries, happiness typically follows a U-shaped curve: among people in their mid-40s and younger, happiness trends downward with age, then
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