- I’m aware the examples in this essay are a little broad. To be honest, I had trouble coming up with plausible examples to support the ‘results’ our essay question speaks of. Can you think of better examples? Please post them as a response to this entry.
Recently a poll was conducted that revealed happiness levels in developing countries are higher than in developed countries. What do you think can be learned from this? Explain your views.
Most would agree that the word ‘happiness’ relates to the level of contentment and fulfillment an individual experiences in their life. It is proposed that the recent poll revealing higher percentages of happy people among developing countries allows for the establishment of conclusions on the social structure and culture of individualism seen in developed countries. The legitimacy of these conclusions will be shown in this essay.
Firstly, the rigidness with which a developed country’s social structure operates can be seen as one of the causes of lowered happiness levels. For example, ‘model’ students in the United States cannot simply have high grades but rather must strive to perfect themselves physically and morally as well. All too often, the stress of trying to fill this publicly accepted ideal lasts a lifetime. This example leads to the conclusion that the additional societal pressure experienced by people in developed countries reduces levels of happiness.
Secondly, developed countries tend to emphasize ‘individualism’ and this can also lead to unhappiness. For instance, young people in China often have a very close-knit family unit that can provide them moral support and advice throughout their lives. This sort of arrangement is not uncommon among developing countries, too. Developed countries, on the other hand, tend to encourage people to make their own decisions and to live with the consequences, which can often make people feel overloaded with burden. As this example shows, additional freedom can actually work against a person’s level of happiness.
The results of the poll in question is felt to reflect the additional stresses people experience in developed countries. It is felt these same pressures will progressively become apparent in developing countries as they grow.