Happiness Is A Glass Half Empty

918 WordsOct 12, 20154 Pages
There is nothing like the feeling of accomplishment after successfully achieving a goal or task without encountering failure. Many may say that happiness is success without having to deal with the problem of disappointment. But what if that idea of happiness is the exact opposite of what it really is? What if the true path to contentment is learning how to be a failure? In the article Happiness is a glass half empty, the author establishes the misconception of how happiness is portrayed by society through irony, antithesis, and by using analogies in order to get the reader thinking about the idea of how failure is the main step to reaching success. The use of irony in this article is demonstrated by a variety of examples. One example of this, is how the article starts off by having a quote that says “…perhaps the true path to contentment is to learn to be a loser.” (Buckeman, n.p) This is true irony because everyone believes that success ties in with happiness, not failure. With that being said, another example that contemplates irony is the development of a museum in a city outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is a “memorial to humanity’s shattered dreams.” This business was created by a man named Robert McMath, who simply developed the business by accident and made success with products that have been unsuccessful. This business contains the failed products of people who started off with an idea and simply letting it go due to the idea of failing. Most designers from
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