SDSU Fernandez Essay 1

SDSU Fernandez Essay 1 - Anthony Baldini Fernandez RWS 100...

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Anthony Baldini Fernandez RWS 100 25 September 2007 Analyzing a Theory In his 2003 New York Times article “The Futile Pursuit of Happiness,” author Jon Gertner addresses the topic of predicting emotions as they relate to future events, arguing that “things that we want seldom bring us happiness, and things that bring us happiness are seldom what we want.” Throughout the article, he continuously attempts to persuade his readers in order to change how they view the idea of happiness. Through the usage of specific examples and credited research data, it is determined that anticipating future emotions nearly always results in a lack there of when an awaited event actually takes place. When one thinks heavily about an upcoming event that he or she will be participating in, quite often a prediction of an emotional response to that event occurs. For example, take the San Diego Padres. Currently, they are a team that is in playoff position, but has marginal room for error with other teams breathing down their neck for the final playoff spot in their league. Now, assume for a moment that the Padres will not make the playoffs this postseason. Although a die-hard Padres fan might predict an
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