ShatanaBentley-HU300-Unit 7-Perceptions of Happiness

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Happiness Perceptions of Happiness Transcript Shatana Bentley HU300 - Arts and Humanities: 20 th Century and Beyond Kaplan University Professor Mary Springer August 23, 2011 Perceptions of Happiness Kathryn McKinney is a 55 year old woman and is a secretary at a rural water office. She has been at the same job for over 8 years. Kathryn is my mother. Kathryn raised seven children. She jumps at any chance to help any of her kids. She actually drove over an hour just to take the happiness interview. Interview with Kathryn McKinney
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Happiness Question: What does the word happy mean to you? Response: To me happy means that you are at peace and content with your life. Question: Does your view on happiness ever change? Response: Yes. Question: What experiences in your life have changed your view on happiness? Response: The birth of my children and grandchildren. Question: Do you expect your view on happiness to change in the future? Response: Life can always surprise us! I expect to see higher levels of happiness! Question: What are some things in your life that have shaped your view on happiness? Response: Watching my children grow up. Working with children and watching them achieve new goals. Question: Do you try to surround yourself with happy people? Response: Yes. Question: Are you happy in the community you live in? If not where do you think you could move to be happy and why? Response: I believe in the adage, bloom where you are planted. If I am happy, it is my choice. I have lived in many communities throughout my life, in many circumstances and have tried my best to make choices for happiness. Question: Do you believe that happiness is something that is achievable by everyone? Response: I think it is possible. It just depends on your choices. Question: Do you believe that some people do things to be unhappy on purpose?
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Happiness Response: I believe that it is possible, maybe to gain sympathy from others. Maybe like having a pity party. Question: Do you think that wealth and beauty are key factors to being happy? Response: No, definitely not. Question: What are some things that you do when you are not happy? Response: I try to go off somewhere by myself. I try to think of the times that I was happy and bring myself back to being happy. I pray. I also try to step back and try to figure out why I am not happy. Question: Do you expect to be happy every day? Response: I try to be. Faith is believing in things unseen, as if they are. So I believe I am going to be happy every day. (K. McKinney, personal communication, August 22, 2011). The second person who was interviewed was Shari LaDuew. Shari is a single middle aged woman who has never had any children. She is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Business. Shari is unemployed and lives with her mother.
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