It has been one of the primary concerns of the government, school, community, and home. Happiness for other people is a matter of choice and it is equated with the word “quality of life” or “well-being” (Veenhoven, 2006). Veenhoven stressed on the four qualities of life which he denoted as happiness. The first quality of life is the livability of the environment which refers to the good living conditions. It is also denoted as welfare by most economists.
Human interaction is necessary for human beings to live a healthy life, and therefore, social groups are formed. People’s evolution of a relationship, from within a social group, into a friendship may be predicted because of the Big Five Personality Traits. Kleinman states in his book that, “The human mind develops from the interactions between people and society. He hypothesized that certain tools from culture, like speech and the ability to write were created so that people could interact with their social environment” (263). Without human interaction, the human brain remains underdeveloped, and once this occurs it may be irreversible (Kleinman 263).
According to ancient philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and many others, humans have absolute moral values; the determination of what is right and wrong is present in all of us. Although humans have an innate feeling of what is good and bad, learning, analyzing, and understanding absolute values from other people and the media is crucial to human growth and the strive towards being a virtuous person; relying just on ourselves is not enough to achieve a moral understanding of moral values. Since ancient times, the human race has been teaching the concept of goodness; oral traditions in order to pass down knowledge and written media such as religious bibles and textbooks are some of the many ways that humanity presents their philosophies. Although morality and goodness are more often caught than taught, teachings of morality and goodness are still prevalent today in many forms. The most common form of teaching is direct knowledge of other human beings.
Freud goes to say, “we ought not to infer from it that technical progress is without value for the economics of our happiness”(pg.35). Due to the technological advances, our civilizations economic stand creates harsh conditions for families to reproduce once again interfering with nature and natural selection. All our social advances have followed the “cheap enjoyment” model, the major cause of anxiety and neuroses. Comical in the sense that behaviorism related to specific stimuli to obtain a regulated response. The power society has acquired, implements limitation in fulfilling our natural human desires, to the point were following social order gives us pleasure.
An interesting point of view of happiness comes from the literary works of american romanticism from eighteen twenty to eighteen sixty with Thoreau, and a later person who held the ideals of the romantics, Christopher McCandless, the two of which I will compare with my own idea of happiness. My own personal experiences of happiness have been limited due to my age so I have not had the time to really experience a longer life and therefore a more extensive grasp on the trials and tribulations of a lifetime. However with the hand I have been dealt so far, my concept of happiness is a life where one can live in both spectrums of emotions: negative and positive, and be able to not have to live uncomfortably within their own society, but also be able to engage in, and pursue their own ideas without conformism taking place, or indulge in the metaphysics of the mind. Human contact does play a role in the path to
Maslow’s self-actualization theory According to Maslow there are two types of needs the D needs and the B needs that we need to satisfy in order to survive we have to consider them first, Maslow described the psychological needs which are the lower needs in the hierarchy which are food ,water and air. Then follows the safety needs which are mostly acquired by infants and adults these needs can over- power their personality Kendra (1971). The need for belongingness and love will then be the next one on the hierarchy as it is classified into friends and family. The esteem needs follows the belongingness needs this is based on gaining recognition. The last one will be the self-actualization need which completes the development of the self on the realism manner especially on personal morals Kendra (1971).
We like to affiliate with others people instead of always staying alone. When affiliating with someone our pleasure increases or our discomfort decreases. Baumeister and Leary (1995) argue that the “need to belong” is a basic human motivation to form and keep a minimum amount of relatively long lasting and pleasant interpersonal relationships. There are several billion of people in world. Why are some of them become our friend or even closer relationship, but so do not.
Followed by Relatedness focuses on an individual’s desire to fulfil interpersonal relationships thus encompasses the social and external esteem relations with family, friends and work colleagues, recognition and security in terms of family and being part of a group. Finally Growth, as a desire for person’s growth and development. Creed (2011) notes that although a specific order is depicted in the model, the order of need can differ for each individual. Alderfer (1969) emphasises that there is a unique frustration-regression factor. In the event that a higher level need is not satisfied a lower level can become activated resulting in continued frustration or revert to an easier lower level need.
Also the social interaction between the expatriate and the host country nationals can be of three types: informational, instrumental and emotional. Informational interaction refers to any interaction which results in any kind of information that might help reduce the expatriates' uncertainty and perplexity. The information shared can be as trivial as good places to shop or eat or as crucial as information leading to the understanding of a host country colleague's behavior. Instrumental interaction results in instrumental support, which helps in addressing specific needs of the expatriate. For example, money, baby-sitting facility and free host country language
My sample size was to reflect each group. My interview was not based on a rigid prior set questionnaire, but I personally had to ask questions whose answers suited my interests. Students from my university acted as my respondents from the millennial generation, while the staff member from my university as well served as my generation X. My goal was to establish the difference between the culture depicted by the millennial generation and that of the generation x. Once i have the findings, I can strongly borrow good things from both the generations’ culture and make one culture that will make the current generation better cultured persons and to help offset the conflicts over culture between the generations.