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Unformatted text preview: Maya​ ​Pankratz AP​ ​English​ ​Language,​ ​Per.​ ​3 Ms.​ ​Jiminez 12​ ​July​ ​2017 Summer​ ​Assignment​ ​Part​ ​II-​ ​Assignment​ ​#1 At​ ​this​ ​point​ ​in​ ​my​ ​life,​ ​I​ ​am​ ​not​ ​genuinely​ ​happy-​ ​I​ ​know​ ​this​ ​because​ ​I​ ​feel as​ ​if​ ​I​ ​am​ ​stuck​ ​in​ ​a​ ​rut​ ​and​ ​am​ ​waiting​ ​for​ ​a​ ​time​ ​when​ ​I​ ​will​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​improve myself​ ​and​ ​my​ ​life​ ​in​ ​general.​ ​A​ ​large​ ​aspect​ ​of​ ​satisfaction​ ​regarding​ ​one’s​ ​life comes​ ​from​ ​growing​ ​and​ ​challenging​ ​oneself,​ ​as​ ​was​ ​even​ ​stated​ ​in​ ​the​ ​article​ ​“The Happiness​ ​of​ ​Pursuit”​ ​by​ ​Jeffery​ ​Kluger.​ ​Kluger​ ​referred​ ​to​ ​this​ ​as​ ​search​ ​activity, basically​ ​the​ ​literal​ ​pursuit​ ​of​ ​happiness,​ ​in​ ​which​ ​satisfaction​ ​is​ ​gained​ ​from​ ​the search​ ​rather​ ​than​ ​attaining​ ​what​ ​one​ ​is​ ​looking​ ​for.​ ​Since​ ​I​ ​am​ ​not​ ​challenging myself​ ​or​ ​working​ ​towards​ ​anything-​ ​I​ ​am​ ​just​ ​letting​ ​life​ ​passively​ ​run​ ​its​ ​courseI​ ​am​ ​not​ ​genuinely​ ​happy.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​stuck​ ​in​ ​a​ ​rut,​ ​but​ ​it​ ​is​ ​one​ ​that​ ​I​ ​put​ ​myself​ ​in​ ​by failing​ ​to​ ​attempt​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​my​ ​situation. One​ ​activity​ ​I​ ​do​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​my​ ​happiness​ ​at​ ​times​ ​is​ ​working,​ ​though​ ​this may​ ​seem​ ​counterintuitive.​ ​Especially​ ​since​ ​I​ ​work​ ​in​ ​the​ ​stressful​ ​environment​ ​of fast​ ​food,​ ​my​ ​job​ ​may​ ​be​ ​thought​ ​to​ ​add​ ​more​ ​tension​ ​to​ ​my​ ​life​ ​and​ ​serve​ ​as another​ ​aspect​ ​that​ ​may​ ​lead​ ​to​ ​being​ ​overwhelmed​ ​and​ ​eventually​ ​burning​ ​out. This​ ​is​ ​particularly​ ​significant​ ​when​ ​taken​ ​into​ ​account​ ​other​ ​parts​ ​of​ ​my​ ​life​ ​that​ ​I am​ ​juggling,​ ​from​ ​schoolwork​ ​to​ ​my​ ​social​ ​life​ ​to​ ​my​ ​family’s​ ​financial​ ​situation. However,​ ​working​ ​improves​ ​my​ ​confidence​ ​and​ ​self-esteem-​ ​not​ ​only​ ​do​ ​I accomplish​ ​many​ ​tasks​ ​during​ ​a​ ​typical​ ​shift,​ ​but​ ​I​ ​also​ ​am​ ​around​ ​people​ ​I​ ​enjoy working​ ​with​ ​and​ ​receive​ ​praise​ ​quite​ ​often.​ ​Finally,​ ​I​ ​am​ ​enhancing​ ​my​ ​own abilities​ ​and​ ​allowed​ ​many​ ​opportunities​ ​to​ ​perform​ ​small​ ​acts​ ​of​ ​kindness. Another​ ​activity​ ​I​ ​partake​ ​in​ ​that​ ​makes​ ​me​ ​happy​ ​is​ ​taking​ ​time​ ​out​ ​of​ ​my​ ​day​ ​to relax​ ​and​ ​unwind.​ ​I​ ​take​ ​this​ ​time​ ​to​ ​better​ ​myself​ ​physically,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​by​ ​exercising or​ ​pampering​ ​myself,​ ​which​ ​in​ ​turn​ ​improves​ ​my​ ​mental​ ​state.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​also​ ​kind​ ​of an​ ​escape​ ​from​ ​the​ ​ails​ ​of​ ​day-to-day​ ​life​ ​and​ ​one​ ​that​ ​allows​ ​me​ ​to​ ​reflect​ ​and organize​ ​my​ ​thoughts​ ​and​ ​plans​ ​for​ the​ ​future,​ ​something​ ​that​ ​decreases​ ​the potential​ ​effects​ ​of​ ​upcoming​ ​stress. A​ ​major​ ​accomplishment​ ​that​ ​I​ ​believe​ ​will​ ​continue​ ​my​ ​happiness​ ​in​ ​the future​ ​is​ ​graduating​ ​from​ ​high​ ​school.​ ​Again,​ ​this​ ​may​ ​seem​ ​like​ ​something​ ​that would​ ​do​ ​the​ ​opposite,​ ​as​ ​after​ ​leaving​ ​high​ ​school​ ​and​ ​becoming​ ​an​ ​adult​ ​(though these​ ​do​ ​not​ ​necessarily​ ​happen​ ​simultaneously)​ ​there​ ​is​ ​much​ ​more​ ​stress​ ​added​ ​to one’s​ ​life.​ ​Nevertheless,​ ​I​ ​believe​ ​that​ ​this​ ​will​ ​allow​ ​me​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​my​ ​happiness because​ ​it​ ​will​ ​allow​ ​me​ ​the​ ​freedom​ ​to​ ​become​ ​my​ ​own​ ​person​ ​and​ ​not​ ​only continue​ ​to​ ​grow​ ​and​ ​improve​ ​myself,​ ​but​ ​do​ ​so​ ​in​ ​ways​ ​that​ ​I​ ​choose​ ​and​ ​have​ ​not had​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​before.​ ​In​ ​Kluger’s​ ​article,​ ​he​ ​stated​ ​that​ ​much​ ​of​ ​the promise​ ​of​ ​American​ ​life​ ​that​ ​enticed​ ​many​ ​was​ ​not​ ​exactly​ ​the​ ​guarantee​ ​of happiness,​ ​but​ ​the​ ​freedom​ ​to​ ​attain​ ​it​ ​however​ ​one​ ​chooses,​ ​which​ ​I​ ​agree​ ​with and​ ​think​ ​is​ ​still​ ​relevant​ ​in​ ​today’s​ ​world​ ​and​ ​relates​ ​to​ ​this​ ​accomplishment.​ ​An activity​ ​I​ ​plan​ ​on​ ​doing​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​my​ ​happiness​ ​in​ ​the​ ​future-​ ​technically, multiple​ ​activities-​ ​is​ ​building​ ​my​ ​experiences​ ​and​ ​trying​ ​new​ ​things.​ ​This​ ​may include​ ​concerts,​ ​road​ ​trips,​ ​festivals,​ ​etc.,​ ​or​ ​even​ ​activities​ ​that​ ​provide​ ​more​ ​of an​ ​adrenaline​ ​rush​ ​such​ ​as​ ​ziplining​ ​or​ ​parasailing.​ ​Experiences​ ​are​ ​arguably​ ​the key​ ​to​ ​a​ ​fulfilling​ ​life​ ​and​ ​can​ ​change​ ​one’s​ ​perspective​ ​and​ ​build​ ​character. Therefore,​ ​I​ ​believe​ ​that​ ​in​ ​allowing​ ​me​ ​to​ ​grow​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​moments rather​ ​than​ ​possessions,​ ​this​ ​will​ ​also​ ​allow​ ​me​ ​to​ ​be​ ​happier. ...
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