Minimum Words: 500
Minimum Quotations or Paraphrases from works we've read in class: 3
Minimum Links to outside sources: 1
Your evidence from texts needs to be cited properly. Please refer to Purdue's Online Writing Lab for the way to do this correctly.
We all want to be happy, right? But, what happens once we get there?
Happiness is a huge topic. It's the subject of movies, books, music, and countless conversations. You think about it when you pick your friends, your hobbies, and how you relate to others.
Writing this blog prompt is difficult for me, because my friends came up with over 100 important questions about happiness, and the class generated over 60.
So, here's what I'd like for you to do this week. Consider what we've done in class; the stories we've read, the conversations you've had, and the activities we've done. After that, come to a conclusion about the pursuit of happiness and share it here. Connect multiple sources in your writing to use as evidence to support your points.
Here are some possible themes to consider:
- The pursuit of free, easy happiness with minimal effort.
- The relationship between happiness and perfection.
- The dynamic between beauty, nature, science, and technology.
- The transcendental philosophy of the Happiness of the Journey; Happiness in Imperfection; Happiness in Location; and Happiness in Nature.
- The American Dream and the Pursuit of Happiness.
- The way we can truly achieve lasting happiness.
- Other conclusions you've made about the idea of attaining happiness.
Reference what we've done, your own thinking and experiences, and outside sources that connect to what you're thinking about.
I'll try not to ruin this one by asking too many questions.
Things you can and should reference in your blog:
- "The Euphio Question" by Kurt Vonnegut
- "The Birthmark" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Walden passages by Henry David Thoreau
- Emily Dickenson poetry
- Self Reliance by Emerson
- Our American Dream activity with magazine ads
- Articles on happiness
- The Declaration of Independence.
- Our class discussions and your writing about happiness
- Your observation activities