Unformatted text preview: person can achieve happiness for a short period of time from something good happening, that doesn’t mean that they are actually happy. The contemporary idea of happiness is so much different from what it was back then. People now feel happiness from material possessions, such as a lot of shoes or clothes, or a new car. I don’t think most people in the world realize happiness is not achieved until you are dead, and can reflect back on your entire life. Sure, a new car might bring you happiness for a short amount of time, but if you look at what your life is, being completely alone might still lead to misery or depression. I think of happiness in the more mature way. Yes, I will get happy if I buy something new, or if my favorite sports team happens to win, but I also know in the back of my mind that I am not truly happy....
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- Fall '08