Eternal Happiness Essay

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Everyone on Earth has a common goal in life: to be happy. The time period in which they hope to have happiness and the ways that people attempt to achieve happiness vary greatly for each person. Some people hope to achieve happiness in this life; others hope to achieve eternal happiness in the afterlife. There seems to be no point in neglecting one and supporting the other. Either way the individual is subject to misery for at least a lifetime. Everyone should find as much long-term happiness in this life, contentment at death, and, in the event that the afterlife actually exists, aim to have peace after death. This happiness can be discovered through attempting to answer ...view middle of the document...

However, when approaching this question of whether there is an original being who created all that we know of this universe with a logical perspective based on observance and reason, the individual will come to find that this theory is quite plausible. This plausibility stems from observing that all things known in this universe must have something that it originated from. By this logic, if there was no original creator, then there could be no universe because it would not have an origin. However, even this line of logic can toss the scientific mind into an infinite loop of questions regarding the origins of the god himself. Therefore, the proof of a god’s existence must be found through observance of the Earth, the Universe and its known inhabitants, mainly humans, if he, in fact, does exist.
Human behavior, psychology, and activity are the main sources of discovering the truth regarding origins and happiness. Human beings are moderately social by nature. This is illustrated by human birth. During pregnancy, a hormone called Oxytocin is secreted by the mother into the blood streams of both the fetus and the mother, which creates a strong bond between the parent and fetus. Through observance, it can be concluded that this bond can develop a sense of trust in the baby toward the mother, coupled with the infant’s inability to care for itself and need to rely on the parent for survival. This is the first event that causes the majority of mankind to have a social nature. Thus, to be happy, one needs to be able to effectively participate in a healthy social life.
There are many things that need to be learned for an individual to have an effective, healthy social life. First, the individual must have a moral code and be able to abide by it, which can be difficult since people have natural selfish tendencies due to self-preservation instinct. This moral code should include these guidelines: acting with honesty and good intentions, attempting to avoid harming people both verbally and physically at any reasonable cost (excepting certain life or death circumstances), and aiding those in need when able. The guidelines listed can be proven to aid in living a happy life, namely volunteer community service. In fact, the Corporation for National and Community service compiled a series of research studies from various sources that prove that people who volunteer have “lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.” This correlation is further proof that humans are social by nature.
A person should also have the ability to know that there are always at least two sides to every story, and that he or she cannot fully understand any story or event without first obtaining every viewpoint of those involved. They also need to be able to appreciate the time that they have with their loved ones while it lasts. This idea is illustrated through the movie Atonement, based off of the...

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