PROMPT: Some people argue that material wealth and resources – money essentially – cannot buy happiness, and that some of the happiest people are poor people. Others argue that while happiness is a state of mind, material wealth and resources does ease stress because the rent is paid, there is food in the fridge, and enough money to make it through the month, making happiness easier to attain. In 3-5 double-spaced typed pages (1,250-1,500 words) write an essay in which you argue whether material wealth and resources makes people happy or not. Do NOT reference or cite any outside work, including the related reading. This essay is to demonstrate your ability to argue your opinion with reasons, examples, and explanations alone.
Parfitt, Matthew and Dawn Skorczweski.”Pursuing Happiness.” 2016.Bedford/St. Martin’s. ISBN 978-1-4576-8377-0 (All readings are from this book)
“Can Money Buy Happiness?” by Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener (pg 160-173)
“The Sociology of Happiness and Contentment: An Interview with Dr. Jordan McKenzie” by Stu Horsfield (pg 175-178)
“How Happy Are You and Why?” by Sonja Lyubomirsky (pg 179-196)
“Enjoyment” by Stefan Klein (pg 198-208)
“Very Happy People” by Ed Diener and Martin Seligman (pg 210-219)
“The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire” by Michael Argyle and Peter Hills (pg 221-224)