In the pursuit of happiness, countless research have been made to understand how individuals derive happiness. Some said happiness is from within, while other claims that it comes through interaction with others. Two articles titled “Happiness is Other People” and “The Secret to Deeper Happiness is Simpler Than You Might Think” by Ruth Wippman and Ginny Graves respectively presenting different perspectives on happiness were chosen and analysed. After a thorough analysis, it is found that the article by Ginny Graves presented a more persuasive case that happiness should be derived internally instead of externally. Here are some reasons why:
Usage of quotes
The usage of quotes were clearly demonstrated by Graves to drive her points in most of the paragraphs. For example, Graves quoted “We live in a culture that tells us we’re supposed to be euphoric all the time, but that feeling isn’t sustainable” from the book titled “Emotional Agility” which had received a decent rating of 4 out of 5 stars in goodreads.com. VEC1 Other examples include Graves mentioning a quote by David from Harvard Medical School to “Having a strong sense of what matters to you and letting your values guide your actions, can lead to greater happiness”, which immediately boosted the persuasiveness of her argument to follow our values.
On the other hand, Wippman used little to no quote to substantiate her facts, thus reducing the persuasiveness of her content as the entire article appeared to be based on her experience which may not be reflective of others.
Graves article was written in a logical, coherent manner. The sub-headers also allows reader to transition from one paragraph to another smoothly. For example, in the first paragraph under “Pursue meaning, not happiness”, Graves stated that we should practice self-reflection instead of pursuing materiality and single-minded focus on positivity in order to achieve happiness. Followed by stating the importance of self-reflection, where she stated “…self-reflection helps you make choices that infuse your life with meaning” a quote by Mallika Chopra, founder of Intent.com, an online community where members gather to share their goals and support to each other.
A huge portion of the article by Wippman was dedicated on how inner happiness has been the default truism, followed by how socially deprived we are. The transitions were abrupt, and no clear explanations were made on why self-help tools are not useful to individuals, rendering its ineffectiveness in persuading her readers. This applies similarly when Whippman stated multiple call-of-actions without explaining the “Whys”. For example, in paragraph
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