For many, attaining happiness is the ultimate goal. However, I have always wondered what makes someone happy. Is is something that has to do with our brain chemistry and how it interprets the world? Is is a conscious choice one makes? Or could it be a combination of many factors? There are countless theories and explanations to explain these questions, but I want to explore all the possibilities and gather information to come to a conclusion through my research. By understanding why some individuals are happier than others, we can learn a lot about the brain and people around us.
Since happiness is something most people say they want, it is very applicable and significant to everyone. This topic is also extremely relevant and pressing in our world now. T.M. Luhrmann states that there has been a 36.7% increase in mental illnesses such as depression in the world since 1990. This is a dramatic increase in the way people have been feeling, and it needs attention and problem solving to help mend. I hope to address the cause of this increase in mental illness in the world and augment a conversation about happiness, its cause, and the decline of happiness in the world.
I don’t know what it means to be happy or what makes somebody happy quite yet, but I am excited to read widely and search for what might be the answer. Since this topic involves science and human behavior I plan to search for information through TED talks, online articles, and psychology journals. I would also like to do surveys through YouthVoices to get individual’s views who are in my age group and integrate my findings in my research paper. Being happy and joyful is the greatest feeling, and I aspire for my paper to help others learn information about this topic and find happiness themselves.
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