Unformatted text preview: Maya Pankratz
AP English Language, Per. 3
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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