essay 5 final - Joleen Martis Vera Eliasova English 355:101...

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Joleen Martis Vera Eliasova English 355:101 April 9 th , 2009 The Happiness in Walking We can discover many aspects of our personalities through walking. How we walk and why we walk can portray our perceptions of life. In many situations people find ways to soften impacts of negative events. We as humans try to find happiness in even the most devastating occurrences. As humans we blame others and try to twist situations into life lessons. Daniel Gilbert’s essay “Immune to Reality” introduces the triggers of happiness and how people deliberately find positive aspects in life. Rebecca Solnit’s essay from “The Solitary Stroller and the City” portrays the power of urban walking and how through observing our environments we can learn, mature, and appreciate our surroundings. Through Solnit’s experience of walking the urban streets Gilbert’s theories of happiness can be exemplified but can also rebuttal his notions. Happiness can be found in the simple task of walking. But walking doesn’t necessarily have to be in search for happiness but also for oneself. Walking may have the effect of bringing out the goodness in lesser experiences or walking can just be an activity for ourselves to appreciate. In general walking can be in the cause to many conditions. But through our various ways of walking we can display our mental psychology. Through observing the way someone walks we can learn about ourselves and others. How we walk the streets metaphorically exemplifies the way we perceive life and how we find happiness. Walking the streets can help us be the person we want to become. Walking the streets can metaphorically symbolize our lives. How we interpret our experiences parallels our understanding of the world and how we live life. Many times in 1
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psychological studies our reasoning behind our analysis portrays our concept of life. Gilbert enhances that “we just can’t make the best of a fate until it is inescapably, inevitably, and irrevocably ours” (223). We as humans try to make the best out of our situations. We look for ways to view a positive perspective. But it is how we achieve our goals that make all the difference. How we walk the streets or even why we walk the streets depicts our concepts in life. We chose our fates as we walk. As we walk we accommodate what we need to whatever destination. This destination may be work, a garden, park, or our home all that matters in the end it is how we get there. Some people take longer than others or take the long road instead of the short distance. In the end it is how we made the best decisions for ourselves. One of the most common examples is the notion of “if the glass is half empty or half full”? If we say half empty we are more pessimistic and if we say half full we are labeled as more optimistic. Just as how we view the glass is compared to our lifestyle, personality, and analysis we can also use how we walk the streets. How we walk the streets displays our view of life. The streets we take,
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This note was uploaded on 03/02/2011 for the course ENGLISH CO 101 taught by Professor Eliasova during the Fall '09 term at Rutgers.

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