cihla011: November 2011 Archives

Why Are You Happy?

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There are a lot of factors that make people happy. It's interesting that there could just be this simple list of things that are common for every one and they make everyone happy. The list of things that make people happy are:
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Marriage: married people are usually happier because they have someone to share their life with and responsibilities as well giving them less to worry about.
Friendship: people who have a good number of friends tend to be happier than those with few or none. My friends are what keep me happy, without them I would be so sad and lonely and bored.
College: people who went to college are usually happier. I would say that compared to my brother who didn't go to college, I am happier. I wouldn't know what to do with my life if I didn't go to school. I would feel like a loser.
Religion: those who are deeply religious tend to be happier than those who aren't. Their religion and closeness to God make them happy and fulfilled with life.
Political affiliation: people in the Republican Party tend to be happiest then democrats then independents.
Exercise: people who exercise are usually happier than people who don't. Exercise works as a kind of antidepressant. It also makes people happy to feel the sense of accomplishment you get after working out and feeling fit and healthy.
Gratitude: thinking about all the reasons that you should be happy actually makes you happier. When you think of all the good things you have in your life you realize how much you have to be happy for and how much you appreciate those things. Sometimes I am sad but if I really think about my life and all the people in it, it makes me much happier and I realize I'm not alone.
Giving: when you give to other people who are less fortunate it usually makes people happy. People are more happy spending money on others then on themselves. I love to give gifts it makes me happy to know that I got someone something that they wanted or will just love and I love to surprise people and see the look on their face.
Flow: this is a mental state where people are completely caught up in the moment, in what they are doing at that time. They aren't really paying attention to the world or the bigger picture or problems that can wait until tomorrow. They're just happy now. I always feel this way when I'm with my friends or boyfriend and am having an amazing time.
These things are important because it is important to know what makes people happy and what makes you happy and realizing that these things are a common bond among most people.

Viloent Media and Aggression

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Violent media influencing aggression is a very interesting topic to me. It is saying on one side that watching violent television programs or playing violent video games causes people to be more violent and aggressive in their everyday lives. Then on the other hand there is the argument that people that are already violent or aggressive just happen to watch and play these violent media forms. This is a matter of correlation versus causation because we don't know that these two factors are correlated and if they are we don't know that one causes the other, or which one causes which. This study is important because it could help us learn why some people act the way that they do and also whether or not it is crucial that we don't allow children to view these kinds of media in case they should permanently influence their life styles and choices. This issue is so interesting to me because it is so hard to decide which side I would agree with because both have the possibility of being correct. I would agree that violent media influences the behaviors of children as we saw in the video in discussion. Though there were also the factors such as the fact that some children may have only participated because all the other kids were doing it. There is also the fact that these children were playing not being aggressive for real and we don't know that this would be a way that they continue to act or if it only occurred at that time immediately following the show and then they forgot all about it. Perhaps this only affects young children and they should be monitored. (http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/20050610/media-violence-may-affect-childrens-minds) Some may think though that if affects all adolescents' not just young children. That video games and movies can make teens even act more violent and aggressive. We can't know though whether that is the cause or not. (http://psychcentral.com/news/2008/11/20/media-violence-linked-to-aggression/3379.html) Then there is the fact that maybe the media isn't the cause of that behavior it could be the effect.

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