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Killer Cultures: Discovering The Effects Of Culture On One's Personal Happiness

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Killer Cultures
Taylor Brown
Language Arts 3-4 H
Mrs. Erickson
21 April, 2014

Research Paper Final Outline:
Name: Taylor Brown
Mrs. Erickson
LA 3-4H
Date: 21 April 2014
Title: Killer Cultures
In Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert travels to three different countries, discovering the effects of culture on one’s personal happiness and well-being.
I. TS#1: During her four months spent in Italy, Gilbert explored the impact of food on one’s health and overall happiness.
A. Detail 1: Healthy food/diet will increase happiness
B. Detail 2: Ingredients in traditional Italian foods are mood boosters
C. Detail 3: Depression rates in Italy vs. America
II. TS#2: After leaving Italy, Elizabeth traveled to India, researching the effects of prayer and religion.
A. Detail 1: Effects of religion on happiness
B. Detail 2: Healing effects of religion
C. Detail 3: Depression rates in India vs. America
III. TS#3: In Indonesia, Gilbert found the balance between indulgences and faith, creating a happy, balanced life.
A. Detail 1: Depression and obesity rates in Indonesia vs. America
B. Detail 2: Obesity rates in Indonesia vs. Italy
C. Detail 3: Depression rates in Indonesia vs. India
IV. TS#4: After discovering that a balance of indulgences and prayer is the formula to a happy life, one can hypothesize that the absence of these two essentials and the presence of current worldly issues, such as high divorce rates, is causing depression and obesity in America.
A. Detail 1: Obesity and depression because of poor diet
B. Detail 2: Lack of religious unity and faith
C. Detail 3: Depression because of high divorce rates

Taylor Brown
Mrs. Erickson
Language Arts 3-4 H
21 April, 2014
Killer Cultures
There are 196 countries in the world today, and each possesses a different culture than its neighbors. The word “culture” can be defined by many characteristics followed or appreciated by a certain group of people, such as religion, music, food, language, social habits, and arts. As time has passed and culture has evolved, it has become an ever bigger part of peoples’ everyday habits and activities. In Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert travels to three different countries, discovering the effects of culture on one’s personal happiness and well-being.
During her four months spent in Italy, Gilbert explored the impacts of food on one’s health and overall happiness. Pasta, the staple meal and often the symbol of Italy, is a so-called “comfort food” – foods that provide consolation or a feeling of well-being, often high in sugar and carbohydrates. The American depression rate is approximately 9.6%, a significantly greater amount than Italy’s 3.8%. Important to note is Italy’s Mediterranean diet, high in fish and shellfish, which are both high in a fatty acid called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an essential building block for the brain structure. According to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there is a link between DHA...

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