TED Talks Vs. Psychological issues
There are various principles that support life that is worthy of notice. Sirgy & Wu (2009) explains the role of happiness in a meaningful life. Through the article, we will be able to understand the meaning of life because what makes someone happy is generally different for each individual. According to some people, happiness may involve travelling globally to assist people, some diet and exercise or anything else that might give someone a kind of pleasure. On the other hand, a TED talk by Emily Smith on the topic there is more to life than being happy. According to her, a meaningful life is more than just being happy since not all happiness reflects a meaning in life. Therefore, the talks ties to the article on explaining the aspect of having a meaningful life. Both of them ties to the principle of value in life since not all aspect leading to happiness are actually valuable.
Summary of the TED talk
In the talk, Emily introduces the topic ‘There is more to life than being happy’. Our culture is very much interested in the aspect of happiness forming the basis of their thoughts. She asks why people create ties with happiness and there is a more fulfilling path than just happiness. According to her, the idea and perception of people about life are just on the issue of happiness. According to her, happiness is just like a wind that comes and goes but having meaning in life serves something that is beyond someone, creates and develops the best beyond the best within someone hence giving an individual something to hold on. She states that meaning in life is the best aspect to achieve in life than just happiness. Smith offers the four pillars of a meaningful life that is important for the development a society. The first pillar is belonging, Purpose, Transcendence, and storytelling.
I definitely agree with what Emily said on the Topic ‘there is more to life than just happiness’. It is true that happiness is not everything but having a meaning in life is worthwhile. There are a lot of people who believe that getting happiness yet there is something that is real and hidden behind is having meaning. According to the talk, Emily came up with various pillars that explain the aspect of having a life of meaning. For example, having a purpose in life is one of the pillars that lead to a meaningful.
It is imperative that having a purpose is more than just being happy without happiness since it might not lead to fulfillment. Moreover, the aspect of belonging describes in the talk is one of the pillars of a meaningful life. It is true that someone having a sense of belonging will have the confidence to face life which will automatically lead to happiness. It is true that happiness alone cannot bring fulfillment in life but have meaning in life. Thus, life tied with meaning is worthwhile and strong aspect of purpose.
Summary of the article
In the article, Sirgy & Wu (2009) describe the role of happiness in a meaningful life. It is hard to provide examples of a meaningful life without involving the notion of happiness, but just how vital is an individual enduring happiness while deciding if a given life was or is meaningful. According to the authors, happiness is vague and what makes people happy is perhaps different for every individual and this may involve a lot of things based on someone’s understanding especially anything that gives someone pleasure.
However, true authentic happiness for a person’s life cannot consist of inflicting harm of danger except through special situations. According to the authors, one’s achievement does not create a more meaningful life since it may not promote an individual’s happiness. Accomplishments do not make for meaningful life unless they have truly made an individual happy. Happiness has a connection to the aspect of free will and people should live freely.
The article and the talk actually talk about the aspect of happiness in life. According to the TED talk, happiness should not be considered to be a more fulfilling path in life since it passes and goes living an individual without anything. On the other hand, the article states that Accomplishments do not make for meaningful life unless they have truly made an individual happy. This means that a meaningful life correlates to happiness and in cases of unhappiness in life then in that situation then life is meaningless.
Therefore, according to the above statements, it is vivid that the article and TED do not talk in the same direction. The article introduces another aspect of accomplishment and happiness. According to them, the accomplishment should not be considered as a contributor to meaningful life unless happiness is attached. This means that happiness should be at the core of any achievement because it is to be considered meaningful. In the article, happiness is the benchmark for any achievement in life and provides the measure for every distinctive factor. Contrary to this, Emily elaborates on the aspect of having a meaningful life and not focusing so much on the element of happiness.
According to her, happiness vanishes and should not be a focus. Basically, it is imperative that there is something that is more important and meaningful than happiness. According to the talk, Emily came up with various pillars that explain the aspect of having a life of meaning. For example, having a purpose in life is one of the pillars that lead to a meaningful. It is imperative that having a purpose is more than just being happy without happiness since it might not lead to fulfillment.
I have learnt so much on the two articles. First, it is vivid that happiness is not everything and should not be an attachment to life. Many people search for happiness in life through their jobs, marriage and other aspects. However, the unexpected happens since the happiness obtained doesn’t last for some a long time and people gets back to their original purpose. According to Emily in the TED talk, happiness is just like a wind that comes and goes has no attachment to every individual.
Moreover, I have learnt that finding meaning in life is more important than happiness since it provides direction and brings fulfillment. Therefore, it is worth chasing after meaning in life contrary to what some people are doing while chasing happiness. I have also learnt the four pillars of having a meaningful life. For example, Emily Smith offers the four pillars of a meaningful life that is important for the development a society. The first pillar is belonging, Purpose, Transcendence, and storytelling.
Emily Esfahani Smith, “There’s more to life than being happy.” https://www.ted.com/talks/emily_esfahani_smith_there_s_more_to_life_than_being_happy
Sirgy, M. J., & Wu, J. (2009). The pleasant life, the engaged life, and the meaningful life: What about the balanced life?. Journal of Happiness Studies, 10(2), 183-196.