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Wealth And Happiness Essay

799 words - 4 pages

Wealth and Happiness
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The first text “The Sandra Bullock Trade” says that marital happiness is more important than anything else in determining happiness. If you have a good marriage, then no matter how many personal setbacks you have, you will always be reasonably happy. If you do not have a good marriage the no matter how many career triumphs you gain, you will still be unfulfilled. It also says that the relationship between happiness and income is complicated for instance poor nations become happier as they become middle-class. But when they achieved the basic things, the income is not that important anymore. At the same time the text also says that if you join a group it makes ...view middle of the document...

Because he tells about her life, starting with the sensation that she won an Academy Award for best actress and then he mentions a scandal that her husband cheated on her. He asks the reader questions as well such as “Would you exchange a tremendous professional triumph for a severe personal blow?”, after the question he is thinking a little bit about it, by mentioning som the things Sandra Bullock will achieve from winning an Academy Award. She has earned admiration, she will make more money and she might even live longer. He also engages the reader in the text when he for instance writes “Nonetheless, if you had to take more than three seconds to think about this question, you are absolutely crazy.” With this sentence he insults the reader by calling them crazy and then you want to continue reading because you want an apology from David Brooks or maybe an answer for why you have been called crazy.
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There is a difference between the two texts; text number 2 says that money can make you happy in the extent that if you spend money on experiences it will make you happier. Text number 3 says that money will not make you happier because making money just gives us something to do...

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