Negative Emotions: The Wrong Causes Of Happiness

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What is happiness? This is the burning question that psychologists have been trying to answer since the end of World War II. Happiness differs throughout each person just like the causes of happiness varies between every individual. Some may be full of joy over smaller events or achievements than others would. Maybe celebrating an excellent grade would put someone in the happiest state he or she have ever been in, but for another person, it might give them a spur of happiness that he or she quickly loses. Either way, a majority strive for a constant state of happiness, but “experience the wrong types of happiness, and go about trying to find happiness in the wrong ways and at the wrong time” (David 124). While happiness may be a key to living…show more content…
Although the feelings are not desirable, feelings can mold a person into a better version of him or herself. Feeling angry can actually help one form arguments of higher quality to get a certain point across. Experiencing sadness can boost memory, making things easier to recall. Negative feelings can encourage perseverance and cause an individual to push him or herself to be greater and better. It is proven by Sarah David that on exams a happy and cheerful individual is not as likely to strive for answering most of the questions and answering correctly as a student in a more dreadful mood. It is stated on page 126 of Susan David’s article that negative feelings can “ up your generosity….[and] boost your ability to reason.” Being sad, angry, fearful, etc. Those who are overly joyful and never have experienced negative emotions may possess the same qualities, like good memory and reasoning, as those who have felt negative emotions, but probably do not have them at the same depth, proving the benefits of negative feelings.…show more content…
It shows him or her how great being cheerful feels and can cause more positive thinking and lifestyle changes to be made that aid continuing or achieving happiness. Many begin to make changes in their life quickly to increase happiness after they have just experienced a “negative” feeling. One may not have a job and feels that getting one will increase their happiness. In a study by Jeffrey Kluger he states “a bad job is better than no job: previously out-of-work people are happier even if a new job has poor pay and hours.” One might make a change similar to this. Or may decide to change another aspect to create happiness in their life. In Richard Schoch’s “A Critique of Positive Psychology,” he details the results of an experiment-based attempt to find the secret to happiness. On page 451, Schoch’s writes that surveys say “it’s pretty easy to be happy: live within walking distance of an enjoyable and secure job, prop up at the bar with your friends, and then go home and have sex.” These revealed secrets may also be changes one might make to help boost and keep his or her happiness

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