Happiness, pursuing happiness. With their different viewpoints, Graves

Happiness, generally defined as the experience of joy, contentment or positive well-being1, is gradually becoming distant in nature as it is hard for people to feel long lasting excitement as it was in the past. In the two articles “The Secret to Deeper Happiness Is Simpler Than You Might Think” by Ginny Graves and “Happiness Is Other People” by Ruth Whippman, the importance of happiness and the pursuit of it is a shared opinion. However, they have shown very different views on the approach of pursuing happiness. With their different viewpoints, Graves and Whippman possess different arguments with different evidence to support them. I am of the opinion that Whippman has presented a more persuasive case through the use of both arguments and evidence.Whether the pursuit of happiness comes from inner or outer environment is the point of argument between Whippman and Graves. Whippman clearly expressed her view that “our happiness depends on other people” (Whippman, 2017) which translates to “we derive happiness from outer environment”. However, Graves is with the opinion that joy comes from “noticing the small pleasures already in your days” (Graves, 2017), which translates to “from within ourselves”. Whippman did not completely deny the opposite view and still acknowledged in her article that “self-reflection, introspection and some degree of solitude are important parts of a psychologically healthy life”. However, she questioned the academics studies that lead to such conclusion by stating that there are “anomalies and contradictions” and “agendas and values of those conducting them” to reach the conclusion. Whippman shows more credible evidence owing to her nature as the author of The Pursuit of Happiness and Why It’s Making Us Anxious2. To be qualified as an author of books about “happiness”, an extensive amount of research is probably required which enhance her credibility in making these claims. On the other hand, Grace, a freelance writer who writes mainly for national magazines, may not provide such credible insights and knowledge. Hence, Whippman’s could be more suitable to discuss happiness as it resonate with her area of research and therefore more persuasive with credible evidences.