Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Research Blog #15: Abstract and Bibliography


With a growing field of the study on happiness, mostly out of economics, sociology, and psychology, there is plenty of research on the science of happiness. This shows us that people generally believe that meaning and happiness are essential elements of the good life, whereas money is relatively unimportant. With this in mind, you may ask yourself the question of who is happier in the end: students who work hard at their academics throughout college or the students who “have fun” in college and focus more on college life? Some people feel that a person’s successfulness depends on their college experience and how you need to have a good major that will eventually lead to a high paying career. But does money necessarily buy happiness? According to the science of happiness, people do not judge their happiness on material things alone, so income is not a direct measure of happiness. My paper continues to show and defend the reasons behind why money does not measure happiness. There is much more to life. Find something you love and want to do with your life and be happy while you are doing it.


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