Comparative humorous essays, cultural criticism and political journalism.

Comparative Analysis of Graves, G. “The Secret to Deeper Happiness IsSimpler Than You Might Think” and Whippman, R. “Happiness is other people” In the article “The Secret to Deeper Happiness IsSimpler Than You Might Think” by Ginny Graves.

and”Happiness is other people” by RuthWhippman, there are two different opinions on how happiness is derived. GinnyGraves believes that happiness is from inside out; one should pursue meaning,not just happiness, and that happiness depends on perceptions, while RuthWhippman believes happiness comes from the connections and interaction withpeople.Sourceof articleGinny’s’ article is from Health, under the “Mind and Body”section, while Ruth’s is an article on The New York Times, categorised under”Opinion”. From the authors’ background and the publishers of thearticle, we could see that…………..Credibilityof AuthorsGinny, has been a freelance writer for about 25 years,specialising in psychology, health, profiles and personal essays.

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She hasreceived several awards for her work, had written books and she also writesregularly for most of the major national magazines, to name a few – Self,Glamour, and Health (Linkedin, 2018). On the other hand, Ruth Whippman is a British full-timewriter living in the United States, specialising in writing humorous essays,cultural criticism and political journalism. Her work has appeared on New YorkTimes, the Independent, and the Huffington Post (Whippman, 2018).……………… Author’sapproach to persuasionBoth Authorleverages on the emotional aspect to convince their audience, but they differin the degree of emotional engagement in the subject. Ginny Gravesexplained 3 main points, 1) leaning towards our values bring happiness; 2) achange in perspective; 3) not to get carried away by the past and future, andtook a logical approach to appeal to readers and support her points.

She quotedwords from expertise – SusanDavid, PhD, author, who is also a psychologist at Harvard Medical School;Robert Lustig, MD, author; Chade-Meng Tan, author. Ginny supports herpoints by quoting words from professionals who study or write about psychologyand mental well-being, while Ruth mainly uses her personal experiences tosupport her stands in her article. Ruth’s article ismore opinionated, supported by only personal experience, fuelled by her ownemotions rather than actual findings by respective professionals.Ruth brings uppoints to ridicule, and to reinforce her perspective in her writing, and itcould be seen that she is more emotionally engaged in the topic of happiness.She has written several books about the pursuit of happiness.

From her article,it seems as she is for the idea that emotional self-help is not the right routetowards happiness, and is mocking the people who are still clouded by theperception of self-help, saying a woman is “contorted into a yoga pose sotortuous it looked as though she might actually be investigating her owninnards trying to locate her bliss.” She uses words like”Americans in general”, “in this country” when referring to America. From thiswe could infer that the Ruth is drawing the line between herself and Americansin general, and that she may have some sort of opinion against the Americans,and her unnecessary mocking of people who pursues yoga.

Considering that happinessis an emotion, Ruth could be reasonably convincing in her article. However,because the expertise’s words came from their experience of having worked with reallife situations, Ruth’s experience alone does not stand strong as an argumentcompared to Ginny’s. Therefore, in the aspect of their approach to persuasion,Ginny’s article is more logical and has a better argument.  Differencesin Argument (Points)Other than writing about happiness, both authors differ intheir perspective towards achieving happiness. –       Her points are based on her own opinion whichcould be clouded by her own opinions-       Ruth questions if happiness comes from within,and believes that it is totally dependent on the environment – the outside in,rather than inside out.ConclusionRuth’s argument is based on her own experience, Ginny’sargument covers a Psychiatrist, and several people’s experience and opinions,and therefore provides a more holistic view with regards to the search for happiness.

 

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