• Anna commented on the post, Cosmetic Testing 3 weeks ago

    I agree with you Hadley. It really is hard to believe the inhumanity that animals have to suffer by the hands of humans. You wrote that “countless studies have shown that not only is it excruciating physically but also mentally for the animals.” If you write on this subject again, I would be love to know which studies specifically show the…[Read more]

  • I have also wondered about the effects of social media on kids in the future, and even on ourselves, as we are the first generation to experience the limitless world of social media. I agree with you, I think social media has a negative effect on kids. It prevents them from learning crucial social skills since all communication is online. I think…[Read more]

  • To be happy is to feel pleasure or contentment, and I believe it is one of the most important aspect of a person’s life. Everyone should aim to be happy, because to be happy is to be fulfilled in life. With this i

    • Hi Anna, I agree with your statement that all of us should strive for happiness. Happiness should be such an important part of our lives and it should drive our motivation, relationships and goals. That beings said, what is the happiest place on Earth? Even though the Central African Republic has an average of 2.69 on the happy scale, people there might be more grateful for what they have and the relationships that they have, more so than developed countries. Even though people may not have material goods, they might be more happy than those who do.

    • Dear Anna,
      I am very pulled in by your writing, In a way I agree with you but just in a few instances. Happiness is essential because if someones not happy they might go as far to take their life. When you said,”Disneyland has been nicknamed “the happiest place on earth”, and although many people may be happy while in Disneyland, I don’t think it can truly be ‘the happiest place on earth’ because many people are also unhappy there. “, I agree. I agree because happiness is not the same or derived from the same place for everyone and can be difficult to find. Also when you said, “the saddest country, Central African Republic had an average of a 2.69.” It made me think, sometimes depending on peoples well being or where they come from can effect whether their quality of life is where they find happiness.


    • Anna,
      This was a great read and made me think about this topic in a way I never had before. I agree with you about Disneyland not being the happiest place on earth. I wonder wether the UNs stats reflect how everyone in those countries feel or if they are only reflect a select few who where interviewed. To continue reading on this I suggest this article https://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/20/norway-ranked-worlds-happiest-country-as-the-us-gets-sadder.html because it goes into the social relationships you talked about. This was a very interesting read and I look forward to reading your writing in the future.

    • Sam replied 3 weeks ago

      It is interesting that happiness can be quantified, and some countries have a greater level of happiness than others. Like you said, happiness is difficult to define since it can be relative–happiness can vary from person to person. My dad spent a lot of time in Norway when he was younger, and he says that the happiness of the people is probably due to their good pay, lots of vacation, and free health care/education. Also, it is a very beautiful place to live. According to this article (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/20/happiest-country-world-united-nations/99280014/) most of the happiest countries share the same benefits. It shows that some of these policies should be adopted to fix the sadness present in other countries.


    • Hi Anna, I really liked how you talked about happiness and the happiest place in the world. I too, wrote about happiness. I thought it interesting that you said the happiest place in the world is different for each person because what one person likes, is not necessarily what another person likes. Do you think there is a place in the world where everyone would be happy, even if it is not their happiest place in the world? What is your happiest place in the world?

    • Hello Anna. I think I have been greatly enlightened in the ways people determine happiness. This piece really opened my eyes to the deeper complexity of one of humanities most essential, defining emotions. I loved the rhetorical questions that you had added in. They heavily influenced me to reconsider an idea that I thought could be understood so simply. Thank you for giving me a new perspective on happiness.

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