Pursuit Of Happiness: A Fleeting Moment Of Self-Satisfaction

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Pursuit of Happiness: A Fleeting Moment of Self-Satisfaction
When we congratulate each other on an important event in our lives, an indispensable component of our wishes is happiness. We all have our own understanding of happiness. According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary (2008), one of the definitions of happiness is “a pleasurable or satisfying moment”. For some people satisfaction comes with money, for others with a good grade or a well-done job. Thus, happiness is extremely subjective: the sources of happiness are actually as different as the people who are looking for it. The main character of the film “Pursuit of Happyness” (Black, et al., & Muccino, 2006), Christopher Gardner, is looking for his happiness by overcoming life’s obstacles. We follow his conversion from a struggling and homeless single father to a successful stockbroker. The story of Chris Gardner shows that true happiness is a fleeting moment which comes from our desire to fulfill ourselves by staying committed to the dream and by grasping opportunities as they appear.
We experience happiness in transient moments, although we have to put a lot of effort and time to get it. Chris Gardner’s life moves at a rapid pace. This motion is underlined in the title “Pursuit of Happyness”. All the time he is running from one place to another, trying to get to work on time, to earn a living and to take care of his son. In his hardest moments, Chris starts to think over Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. Jefferson did not promise happiness for all Americans, but the right to pursue it. Gardner says, “Maybe happiness is something we can only pursue and never have it…” (Black et al., & Muccino, 2006). The movie shows that happiness is achievable. The fact is that nobody can give it to you; happiness is in a person’s own hands. We can get our moment of absolute happiness, though it

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