James Hamblin 's `` Buy Experience, Not Things ``

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Happiness is a fickle concept and is something every person on this planet seeks out for self-fulfillment. Happiness also gives our lives a sense of perfection. Everyone is in the pursuit of happiness, but not all will find it with guarantee. Happiness can occur at any point in someone’s life, depending on the circumstance or what the individual desires greatly. However, happiness does not come and should not arise from materialistic values. James Hamblin uses the rhetorical devices of ethos, pathos, and logos to promote this theory of how happiness is achieved in “Buy Experiences, Not Things” to show the reader that there is more to life than materialistic values. James Hamblin starts of his exponential use of ethos in “Buy Experience, Not Things”. Ethos is the ethical appeal to persuade the reader that what the writer is saying is credible. James Hamblin appeals to the reader by interviewing Harvard-trained psychologist Matthew Killingsworth to convince the reader that happiness is achieved through experience and not through materialistic values. He heavily analyzes the concept of happiness with him. Hamblin also seeks the advice of Cornell psychology professor Thomas Gilovich to discover what makes true happiness (The Atlantic 2015). Together, Gilovich and Killingsworth wrote an article in the journal Psychological Science with fellow peer and Cornell doctoral candidate Amit Kumar to describe what true happiness is. The trio came to the conclusion that spending money on

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