Happiness Essay Topics

The Pursuit of Happiness

The 2006 movie The Pursuit of Happyness, featuring will smith and real-life son Jaden Smith received significant financial success both during its original release and subsequent DVD edition. Inspired by the memoirs by self-made millionaire Chris Gardner together with Quincy Troupe, the film features the challenges of pursing the “American dream”, a challenge more easily… View Article

The Relationship of Happiness and Meaning

Meaning can have both a positive and a negative contribution in attaining happiness. This is because people have different concepts of what meaning and happiness is. The meaning of life for most people is to have a sense of purpose or reason for existence, and usually it is directed towards doing and attaining something that… View Article

The Relationship between Justice and Happiness

In the Republic (323 B.C.), Plato immortalizes the Socratic dialogues on the concept of, among other things, justice.  The character of Thrasymachus, a sophist who is most resistant—and aggressively so— to Socrates’ logic, comes to life.  In Book I of the Republic, Thrasymachus injects his own interesting interpretation of justice.  He claims that “[j]ustice is… View Article

The Relationships between Happiness and Meaning

Every person on earth experiences happiness as well as unhappiness.  Even infants cry as well as laugh.  Ultimately they grow to realize that there are things that make them happy just as there are situations that make them unhappy.  Understanding the nature of these different things and/or situations is to know how the meanings of… View Article

The Relationship between Happiness and Individuality

According to Mill (1998), individuality is in direct opposition to complete submission of one’s interests and goals to the desires and customs of society.  While it is important to follow societal norms, individuality must be maintained seeing that aping does not lead to innovations the way individuality does.  Thus, leaders are people that rise to… View Article

The Tyranny of Choice

Happiness is a long standing abstract concept. It starts from choosing the best options there is, induced by properly allocating and utilizing resources, and maintained when one can truly enjoy the gains from it while accepting the imperfection of his or her choices. And as such, every individual is always in search for happiness and… View Article

Thinking Critically – Poverty and Happiness

This paper takes the position that poverty is not necessarily equated with lack of happiness. Arguments supportive of this thesis are presented in this paper while being balance by arguments of the opposite view but with counter arguments to strengthen the position taken. One of best arguments that could be forwarded in support of the… View Article

Happiness: Inside Out or Outside In?

The side effect of thinking about happiness is always an elevated state of mind, where one merrily goes on to probe deep within and at times comes up with one or two ‘revelations’. I’m no exception as a human being, who at this moment realizes that the beauty of happiness is not skin-deep, while the… View Article

“We Have No Right to Happiness” by C. S. Lewis

It is natural for parents to become protective of their kids after all, it is their duty to see to it that their children are safe at all times. Children are not really that aware of how much danger exists outside, or even inside, their homes. Their lives revolve around school, family, and friends, and… View Article

Brave New World – Manufactured Happiness

First of all, it is believed that one must suffer unhappiness to truly know and appreciate happiness. However, that concept is incompatible with a utopia, as the point of a utopia is to be without sadness, pain and suffering. In that respect, the World State is a utopia. Secondly, the concept of knowing unhappiness to… View Article

Positive Psychology Paper

Positive Psychology             Positive psychology is a new branch of psychology founded by Dr Martin Seligman, who is the Director of the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center.  This branch is defined as “the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive” (Seligman, 2007).  In addition, positive psychology is… View Article


Can I ask you one question? When was the last time you feel you are happy? When was the last time you feel sad? As you answer my question, is it the happiest moment of your life? Do you experience something different? I am Brian, a (2007) student taking up speech communication course. I do… View Article

Happiness Emotion

Happiness is an emotion and feeling of contentment, gladness and pleasure. In some instances it may be in our power or in some other cases it may not be. Feeling of happiness is a transitory stage; however, it can turn into a long-term state when we and our surroundings constantly adopt those practices that cause… View Article

Pursuing Happiness

Introduction Happiness is defined as a state of being wherein one is satisfied with his/her surroundings or when a person feels good. It is a feeling that is recognized by our mind and it originates from us[1]. Body How can every individual acquire happiness? Here are some guides to live by: 1.) Practice Honesty People… View Article

My Happy Place

There’s always a time in everyone’s life where things don’t seem to happen like they want them to, or you’re just not having a good day. Everyone has a place they retreat to for comfort and happiness. It could be somewhere far or in own backyard. No matter where it is, it’s someplace that you… View Article

What Makes Me Happy

Happiness, for me – is when my heart feels warmness. Time goes by, I grow fast, changes come; therefore I might have different feelings that make me happy. Sometimes it is hard to see yourself from aside, but at the same time knows you better than yourself? I would like to talk about my family,… View Article

First Quarter Book Analysis on Great Expectations

In Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, Pip, the main protagonist in the story, is very idealistic and yearns to become a gentleman. He wants to better himself and rise above his humble origins in hopes of winning over his love Estella. Pip is also a very kind man and cares about the ones who are close… View Article

Pursuit of Happiness

People are given the right to pursue happiness but not the right to happiness. That being said, folks in our society need to follow what pleases them. People in different areas of the world have various ideas of what makes them happy. It is true that money does not buy happiness. Normally humans are happy… View Article

Students Are Unhappy

Who think that being a student is happy nowadays? A recent survey showed that Hong Kong students are not happy with their lives. Some even have a very negative attitude towards life. The primary cause of their unhappiness is their failure to get good results, to achieve their ambitions and maintain the good relationship with… View Article


Most humans, I hope, strive and yearn for happiness in whatever they do. It’s almost as if it’s a basic human need. They want to “feel good,” content, and satisfied with whatever they do or have. In the Jewish Text “Ethics of Our Fathers” it is written, “Who is Rich? One who is happy with… View Article

We Can Never Can Tell

It’s funny how things always turn out different than how we expect or want them to. It becomes funny eventually but for the most part, it’s hard. In some cases, painful at first. I am always caught saying “we can never can tell”. Sometimes, it’s just my excuse and sometimes, I just like saying it… View Article

A Synopsis of Christopher Taggi’s Movie 95

Renowned American film producer Cecil B. DeMille once said, “What I have crossed out I didn’t like. What I haven’t crossed out I’m dissatisfied with.” (“Cecil B. DeMille Quotes.” brainyquote.com. Brainy Quote, n.d. Web. 05 Oct.2012.) This persistent feeling of dissatisfaction is suggested in Christopher Taggi’s “95,” in which the protagonist is discontent with his… View Article

A Review of Saint Augustine’s Virtue and the Human Soul

In Augustine’s article “Virtue and the Human Soul,” happiness is discussed in great detail. What makes a man happy? How do we obtain this happiness and where does happiness reside? Can this happiness be lost? Augustine answers these questions by the notion of one’s “chief good.” He explains that a man’s chief good is the… View Article

Cause of Happiness

Happiness is one of the most common feelings of human being. A wise man once said: “Life is an adventure of finding happiness”. The causes of it are varied, but in most cases can be clarified into three reasons. First, it appears that being able to do things as pleased is a major source of… View Article

Mary Oliver’s poem “Singapore”

While analyzing Mary Oliver’s poem “Singapore” I established her assembling a relationship between nature and a life- learned lesson. The poem is about a woman doing menial, everyday tasks as a cleaning lady at the Singapore airport, but Oliver chooses to idealize her toils and make them seem more beautiful than in, Oliver uses imagery… View Article

Chris Gardner

1. Make a summary or give the gist of the story Chris Gardner is a bright and talented but marginally employed salesman. Struggling to make ends meet, Gardner finds himself and his five-year-old son evicted from their San Francisco apartment with nowhere to go. When Gardner lands an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage firm,… View Article

Things That Make Me Happy

What kinds of things make me happy? I could probably write a book about this topic once I sit down and begin thinking about it. Happiness means something different to each individual. On Saturday morning, I love waking up and knowing that I don’t have to be at any particular place for any particular reason…. View Article

What Happiness Means to Others

First person I interviewed on the concept of happiness is my friend, Ronnie Topete. He’s a great guy that I’ve met recently. He’s Native American and Latin by heritage and a very interesting individual to have discussions with. The last interview was Lori Michelle Thebarge, my 3rd oldest sister. She’s been one of my best… View Article

Happiness Interviews and Happiness Analyzed

The first person I interviewed was my mom, Shirley. The reason I chose her is because she is 83 years old and raised seven kids during the early part of the Cold War. She has been married twice, she been broke then been comfortable but not wealthy, and she has seen her share of health… View Article

Money Is It the Source of Happiness

The thought of money being the source of happiness is quite interesting. It is a fact that we need money to survive in this expensive economy, and without it we might tend to struggle. Money gives us the opportunity to buy clothes, food, shelter, and many other necessities of life. But does money truly bring… View Article