Happiness

Humanities

It has been suggested that true happiness lies in liking those things we approve of and approving of the things we like. Most people spend a great deal of time and energy trying to harmonize the two, often without much success. Such attempts may be about something minor, such as eliminating a bad habit or cultivating a good one, or about something more important, such as choice of major, career, or mate. Some people, for example, struggle to give up smoking: they like to smoke but don’t approve of smoking because it is dangerous to their health. Others become computer science majors, aiming for a successful career, but find they really don’t like working with computers. Write a clear and fully-developed essay giving an example or examples, which demonstrate what this statement means:

“True happiness lies in liking those things we approve of and approving of those things we like.”

Assignment Task:
1. Summarize and explain what the above statement means, and
2. Explain to what extent you agree or disagree with the statement.

Remember to:
• Write notes for your supporting points
• Use examples about your personal experience and/or readings
• Prepare notes for your introduction and conclusion