Effects Of Happiness

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I believe that pursuing happiness as a goal has detrimental effects. As a society, we tend to believe that we need to be full of joy at all times, but that isn't realistic - life happens. By attempting to be cheery all the time, you will never be genuinely content. You will always be searching for more and won't be satisfied with what you have, creating a permanent cycle of gloom rather than bliss.
As people set their expectations higher, the less happiness they will attain. These suppositions cause for much more stress on oneself and disappointment when we don't fulfill the tasks laid out in front of us. If anyone put pressure on themselves, it was my friend Anna. From even the young age of thirteen, she was constantly obsessed with her
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After a month, she lost ten pounds! She looked astonishing and everyone showered her in compliments. Additionally, she proved to several people that through diligence and determination, anything is possible. Still, she was convinced that she had more toil to do. So here she went, elevating her expectations for weight loss, cutting down on her diet severely and exercising for hours upon hours. Although this allowed her to lose more weight, no matter how much she lost, she was never pleased. For satisfaction comes from acceptance of the truth. However, she denied the verity that she wasn't fat and didn't need to lose more weight.In her mind she thought ¨ If I can go without one day of eating, why can't I go without two days of eating¨? ¨ If I can exercise for two hours straight, why can't I exercise for four hours¨? ¨ If I can lose twenty pounds, why can I lose another twenty¨? It almost seemed as if she was trying to double what she did earlier. Unfortunately, it came to the point where Anna was anorexic. At her lowest point of eighty-six pounds, her body was unable to lose any more weight. Her expectations, were set quite too high, leading Anna to feel dispirited and depressed because she wasn't able to fulfill the task set right in front of…show more content…
This is exemplified by the largest land-based power known to man: the Mongol empire. They were ruled by Genghis Khan who had around one hundred thousand well-trained warriors. Together, they fought to conquer more land in order to expand their strong empire. At first, they conquered small, minor territories to gain soldiers and more wealth. However, as time went on, the Mongol empire became extremely avaricious. They wanted more and more land; more and more power. Thus, they decided to conquer large segments of land, such as China and parts of the silk road ( a trading network). Nevertheless, they were never sincerely content with what they had, they always coveted more. This forced them to become very disappointed when they couldn't conquer more lands. With as much territory as they had, no amount of land would ever be enough for them because they believed that there is more territory out there waiting for them. Thus, the Mongols were extremely disappointed when their empire collapsed. They fell apart because they had too much land to govern and had no clue how to govern such a vast amount of land. Plus, their strong leaders had passed away, leaving them with no leader, just a mindset that they needed more land. This lead them to be extremely disappointed that they didn't accomplish what they set out to do. However, if they were satisfied with

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