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Sacrifice In Life Of Pi, Pi By Yann Martel

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Happiness is a key to everybodys life. Even the most depressed man on earth has a little happiness deep down inside. Its what keeps us striving to fulfil our needs and wants on an everyday basis. There is not one kid who does not get excited over a dollar to spend at the candy shop. What about the feeling of getting a promotion at your job, or even finding the cure for cancer. Being happy is not just healthy, but it is also rewarding for each and every individual. We strive to find anything that will turn a bad day to a good one. Individuals will compromise to attain their happiness. You can not get what you want without giving something first.

To achieve happiness you will end up sacrificing. This can be either an object, mental state, physical well being, and even self awareness. There are many different ways to achieve being happy. In Life of Pi, Pi faced many challenges where he had to make choices to survive on the ocean. ...view middle of the document...

So for an individual to achieve happiness they will make compromise which can be both long and short term. Pi also has short term happiness while on his 227 day adventure.

The smallest events can at times be looked at as being the most important. Since Pi was a strong religious man, he believed that all good things that happened were sent from his gods. So in return he prayed to them everyday single day, not just once but sometimes twice. When the big storm appeared this meant that all Pi had left to do was pray and sacrifice to the gods for the storm to stop. Pi gave up all of his mental state to stay alive, and in return was granted happiness. Richard Parker has now accepted Pi, and Pi has accepted Richard Parker. There is no more worrying for Pi other than to find some land, he is now happy after such a little event. Any one can find happiness depending on what happy means to them. If doing a backflip into a pool makes you happy, then you will end up risking anything to get that last backflip in before the summer ends. Happiness
is like a rush of adrenaline, once you feel it once there is no stopping you from wanting it back again.

If you are ever bored, try doing something that makes you happy and I bet you the time will end up flying by. Pi had a few main goals while on his trip. To train Richard Parker, to survive, and to get the hell off of the boat and get home. All of these goals Pi made compromises for each one. The motivation to reach these goals gave Pi many activities to do while living on the bare minimum. By not wanting to feel like there is no hope for his survival, Pi strived to become happy because you will live longer with a smile and not with a grin. There is nothing more rewarding than accomplishing anything you have worked very hard for. Happiness is a gift that we can all receive, but first you must find what makes you happy and what you will do to attain that feeling.

Everybody has their own set criteria for what they like and don't like, which means that there are things that make them happy and unhappy.

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