Proposal+5 – thirdlady226

For my research topic I will be examining how the search for meaning and purpose in life can create happiness even in bad situations. As most people misguidedly believe, happiness is the end goal of life. If we’re happy, then life is good. But happiness is rather a shallow concept. Our ideal concept of happiness is comfort, no problems in life, surrounded by all of our closest family and friends. But life has more to it than that. We will always encounter problems, there will always be bad days, and loneliness will show its face more than we’d like.

What we’re really searching for is meaning in our lives. No matter what our circumstances are, we can create happiness in our lives. With a little hard work, motivation, and dedication, we can lead productive, fulfilling lives, and give ourselves meaning. We can wake up everyday with a clear goal in mind, and in so doing, create happiness.

There’s More to Life than Being Happy

This is the article originally posted on the blog. I will use it as my source of general information to give the reader some background.

3 Principles for Accepting Yourself and Being Authentically Happy

I will use this short article, written in the first person, as a down-to-earth example of creating happiness and meaning amidst awful circumstances.

How to Create (Not Find) the Meaning of Your Life

I will use this article to back up my thesis that meaning and happiness is created by oneself. We don’t inherently have meaning in our lives.

Creating Meaning in Your Life

I will use this article because it has several suggestions and ideas to help creating meaning in one’s life, even amidst severe depression or anxiety.

How to Escape Despair and Bring Meaning to Your Life

I will use this article as a way to talk about the fact that despite looking for meaning in our lives, we fail often. Creating a purposeful life is hard work, one that requires much time and effort, but is very worth it.

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2 Responses to Proposal+5 – thirdlady226

  1. thirdlady226 says:

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  2. davidbdale says:

    As usual, I am confused by the reasoning in these arguments about happiness, meaning, and contentment, thirdlady. You can probably help me out.

    I pretty much get the first paragraph. You don’t dispute that happiness is achievable, but you claim that it’s fragile and that, what’s more, it’s not the end goal of life, even when it can be achieved. We’re going to be lonely at times, or in trouble, both of which deprive of us happiness. Maybe you’ll argue that some other state or value will get us through the times when happiness is chased away by transitory problems.

    When you say “meaning in our lives” is “what we’re really searching for,” I conclude that you mean Meaning is “the end goal of life” you mentioned earlier. Still understanding you.

    But then . . .

    You say “we can create happiness in our lives” by leading productive lives that give our lives meaning. This is where you lose me. Is THIS meaning-based happiness the same happiness that was so fragile in the first paragraph? If so, why can’t THIS happiness be the end goal of life? I feel I’m on a merry-go-round of terms.

    —Background is not a useful explanation
    —Creating “happiness” and “meaning”? We’re still on the merry-go-round
    —I’m lost again. I can create both? Does that mean I can create happiness without meaning? Why do I need meaning, then?
    —Don’t need it. I’ll create my own happiness.
    —Why is it hard? Can’t I devote myself to helping every person I encounter who needs help? Don’t need a plan for that.

    I’m pretty sure you’ve advanced well beyond the early stages of developing your argument by now, thirdlady, but this topic has inherent difficulties. It’s vague at its heart. It’s hard to quantify and demonstrate. It requires the arguer to be very clear on terms.

    Helpful, thirdlady? Any further questions?
    Reply, please.


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