A curious person finds things interesting and desires to know more about certain subjects. This desire to learn leads to more knowledge about the world we live in. To cultivate curiosity means to always question things in life and try to find the answers to them. When these answers are found, one should try to question further to gain a greater understanding of a topic. This research project helped me develop a habit for curiosity by learning that there is an abundant source of information in the library database on almost every subject imaginable. This project taught me how to find credible information I can use as fact and apply this information to everyday life. Whenever life brings me to question something in the world, I now can use a source other than the internet for information. Most times, the information in the library database is much more credible than what can be found on the internet.
I found that I have not addressed the story of the fisherman and how he was happy regardless of how much money he made. I included information that happiness is affected by how we percieve our neighbors and how much income they have. In my story, I added that the fisherman was likely to have been surrounded by other poor people that did not not have much money. This in turn did not make the fisherman be disappointed with his own life seeing that his neighbors were just like him. This explains why people can just as happy as rich Americans when living in a poor country. This is called relative wealth and has a considerable impact on our happiness. This information i have included fitted well with a counterargument for how money has no impact on our happiness when the people around us are living the same lifestyle.
I learned from Professor Stukenberg’s comment on my rough draft for Essay 4 that my introduction story of the fisher was in contrast to my final thesis. I just realized that I had not made an effort to address the story of the fisherman to my readers. This story completley disregards money as having much value in life and how the fisherman was completly happy without it. Also, from the activity done in class, I learned that I have included too much of “I say” in my paper and need to include about half and half with what “they say”. By using more information from what my sources say, this lets my readers know that they are reading information from credible sources in the field and not just from me. I also learned from my peer evaluations that my conclusion needs to make a lasting impression on the reader. One reviewer likes how I didn’t use many counterargument because he despises counterarguments. I prefer using this method. I can talk about what the other sides of my subject are and make my conclusion at the end with my reader knowing where I am coming from. By agreeing with both sides some way can also aid in seeming less biased in the question of if money really does make us happy.
When writing my rough draft, I did what Professor Stukenberg had advised me to do. I put away all my research I had done from Essay 3 and just started writing a story I had come across in my research. I have never used this approach before, but I found it helpful in putting everything in my own words and only information I found really stuck out as persuasive information. It went better than I thought it would go. I found myself writing much more easily and found myself having four pages in almost no time. A question I have for my peer review group is how I can be more persuasive in making my point and how I may have lost you while reading my paper.
I believe most of my audience believes that money will not buy them happiness, just material possessions. I also believe that most people would like to believe that money can’t make them happier, many people will never put this belief to the test and acquire wealth. As much of my research show that money can in fact make someone happy, I will move this to the end of my paper to show that I have researched the other areas and actually found what’s true. I think starting out to show how money can make us unhappy can be very relatable to many readers because most people have at one time or another wished they had more money. By starting out in my paper to disprove the “money can’t buy happiness” theory would turn away many of my readers.
I think many people people live with the misconception that money can’t buy happiness but can’t really know this is true unless they themselves have experienced having a lot of money. I think most people like to think that money can’t buy them happiness to help them be content about not making a lot of money or being rich. Research shows that while money can buy many things to make our lives better, money does indirectly make us happy. If people think of what makes them comfortable in their lives, they will see that money has made it all possible and envisioning themselves without money, they would probably see themselves as pretty unhappy having experienced these luxuries. I have come to believe that money can’t directly buy us happiness by having a huge number in the bank, what we do with that money can make us happy.
One of my three view in my paper explores how money affects our happiness. There is a lot of research that shows that money greatly affects our happiness up to a point of about 75,000 dollars yearly income. Any income above this only slightly makes us more happy, if at all. Another way money can make us happy is if we spend it on other people as opposed to ourselves. Another view to my paper is how money makes us unhappy. By being pressured to buy all the latest products, this can lead people into debt if they don’t make enough money. This can lead to increased stress and more time needing to work. More time away from friends and family leads to more unhappiness. My last viewpoint in my paper is how money doesn’t affect our happiness at all. If people don’t do anything with their money to improve their lives, money won’t affect their happiness. Money is related to many aspects of life so this is a challenging side to research and write about.