Happinessis a subjective topic to discuss and I would like to credit both authors forproviding a clear stand on the argument that they have chosen, backed withsufficient evidence and reasoning from credible sources and studies. However,each article was different in demonstrating their persuasiveness and Ipersonally feel that the second article “Happiness is other people” written byRuth Whippman did a better job because it added a personal experience elementto the article which I feel would be able to convince the readers better thanjust pure facts from research and studies.Firstly,the first article “Secret to Deeperhappiness is simpler than you think” written by Ginny Graves supported herargument from various studies and quotes from professionals such as Martha Beck,a life coach and author of bestsellers such as “Expecting Adams”, “Finding yourown North Star” and “The Joy Diet” (Martha Beck, n.
d.) and Dr. Susan David, apsychologist in the Harvard Medical School and author of bestseller “EmotionalStability” (Linda Morris, 2017). Although these individuals are professionalswho have spent years on research and studies in the field of psychology, itappears that Ms. Graves is merely just trying to throw in big names to swayreaders’ sentiments towards a certain point of view without proper evidence. On theother hand, the second article “Happiness is other people” written by RuthWhippman included her personal experience with a happiness app she downloadedwhen she felt lonely being away from her hometown (Ruth Whippman, 2017).
Thiswould have appeared to the readers that she has made an effort to connect withthem by inserting a personal experience that many could relate to by balancing bothviews of her argument to prove if happiness could be achieved through oneself, thus,adding a persuasive element to the article. Furthermore,in the first article, Ms. Graves only focuses on the benefits of achievingdeeper happiness through the pursuit of meaning, without much elaboration orevidence on the benefits of temporary bliss, which could proof that the authorwas biased towards this particular point of view. On theother hand, the second article balances both views of the issue by includingthe benefits of creating happiness through carrying out activities alone orsimply just being alone as seen in her personal experience with a happinessapp. The fact that the author did not experience happiness alone with positivemessages and photos from an app reinforces the fact that she has made a more informedstand in her article based on evidence from both sides of the story. Moreoever,the author pointed out in her article that “Academic happiness studies are full ofanomalies and contradictions, often revealing more about the agendas and valuesof those conducting them than the realities of human emotion”(Ruth Whippman, 2017), shedding more light to the fact that studies andresearch conducted on the psychology of happiness could be a fallacy to swaypublic sentiments, further proving Ms Whippman’s article’scredibility.