Happiness

Happiness

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Kaplan University

Transcript

The first interviewee was my brother John Black, who just cleared with his high school studies. John is aged eighteen and has interacted with various settings like the family, boarding during the study period, has managed to acquire temporary working positions in an eatery and a conventional store during two summer periods, and he indulges in swimming as a recreational activity. John wants to further his studies in college as a financial analyst and is currently dealing with the selection process for a good school.

The second interviewee was Miss Anna White a single mother of two boys aged four and six whom I met at a playground near our neighborhood. Miss White is an Information Technology specialist who has practiced the profession for five years. She has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and loves cooking and reading diverse forms of literature. I approached Miss White on the playground for the interview in order to acquire a different view on the subject of happiness from a stranger’s perspective.

Interview with John Black

Question: What is your definition of happiness?

Response: I am happy when am smiling, laughing and am feeling excited. It is brought about by a person, activity or situation that is able to make me smile.

Question: Has your definition of happiness altered over time?

Response: Not really since practically all the mentioned factors have to be present in all the situations that I assess as happy. Although, I guess what changes is the intensity of happiness acquired in a given instance.

Question: What experiences have influenced your definition?

Response: Collective experiences. It is different to watch a comedy movie alone and acquire the same level of satisfaction as that spent watching the same movie but in the company of friends or family. Crowds have a way of enhancing the happy mood because diverse activities and perspectives are noted as opposed to sole experiences.

Question: Do you expect the definition to change again?

Response: No, because I rank myself as a sanguine with regard to personality and therefore crowds and collectiveness will always be a complementary element to me.
Question: Is there an ideal form of happiness according to you?

Response: Yes, I would view it more like the utopian state where all things would be perfect, lacking all the things that steal happiness like injustice and poverty.

Question: On a scale of 1-10, to what extent do money and other material things influence your happiness and how? 

Response: 3. When I need money to accompany my friends to a certain place and I cannot since I do not have the finances.

Question: Generally, would you consider yourself as a happy person?

Response: Yes, as you can an even smiling now.

Interview with Miss Anna White

Question: What is your definition of happiness?

Response: My children define my happiness, when they are smiling I am happy and when they become sad my happiness fades.

Question: Has your definition of happiness altered over time?

Response: Yes, actually in several instances.

Question: What experiences have influenced your definition?

Response: Initially, happiness to me was rather largely centered on me and it was dependant on my achievements, relations, and fun. However, as I turned into a mother at the age of twenty-six, family and more so my children altered this definition. I get happy over all things that I never thought of, like when my child calls out my name as ‘mama’ or when he bends over to given me a kiss before retiring to bed. It makes me feel loved and wanted and therefore makes me happy.

Question: Do you expect the definition to change again?

Response: I am not sure but I guess that with old age I will discover other happiness sources just like motherhood introduced.

Question: Is there an ideal form of happiness according to you?

Response: No, because each person shapes their own form of happiness and therefore what appeals to me as an ideal form does not necessarily fit any other individual’s views. Again, I have learned that ideal instances are never achieved in the world, for instance we always deal with issues by contrasting them to their ideal situations.

Question: On a scale of 1-10, to what extent do money and other material things influence your happiness and how? 

Response: 8. As a single mother, money plays a vital role in my life with regard to meeting my children’s needs. Most activities like camps, schooling, and vacations necessitate money and I want to offer my children a good lifestyle. Therefore, when I lack money and have to reduce such activities for my children and therefore I end up being stressed.

Question: Generally, would you consider yourself as a happy person?

Response: Yes, on an average level I am a happy person but as I mentioned earlier, it all depends on whether my boys are happy.

 

References

In-text citation for John Black interview: (S. D. Collins, Interpersonal Communication Listening and Responding, 2008).

In-text citation for Miss Anna White interview: (A. Green, & Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Effective personal communication skills for public relations, 2006).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happiness

            The interview process was quite informative and it enhanced my communication skills especially with Miss White since it was the first time I interacted with her. The first interview was rather difficult to achieve as it had a high level of informality based on the acquaintance factor that I have with John. The questions employed were all open-ended in nature and therefore the responses given to each were rather descriptive and long and therefore I had to capture all the given details and contract them in a direct and short manner (Anzaldua, & AnaLouise, 2000). This was rather difficult thereby infusing an intricate element in the process. In general, the interview was challenging but quite educational; I learned that closed-ended questions are easy to deal with and that the analysis factor is also easy with regard to the responses element.

I noted that responses from both interviewees were very diverse as evidenced by the different perspectives given towards the set questions. Miss White’s responses were weightier and bore a mature outlook in contrast to John’s perceptions I believe due to the age and development factor between the two interviewees (Ingersoll, 2007). Additionally, Miss White’s responses were cautious with her perspective appearing as pondered in all instances. It was easy to evaluate the credibility of John’s responses due to the association factor with him as a brother that enhanced my ability to evaluate his response. On the other hand, Miss White’s responses were hard to appraise since I did not know whether she was being cautious in a bid to protect her image or simply being honest. However, from a subjective point I think that she gave exact responses as the questions were neither personal nor demanding information that would be considered as private (Wright, 2005).

More divergences as opposed to similarities were noted in the responses clearly due to the diversity element in personalities that shape our preferences and viewpoints as humans (Knapp, 2002). The similarities noted was that each of the interviewee had the capability of shaping their own constituents of happiness with John acquiring the state through individuals, situations and the collective ability while Miss White primarily acquired the same from her sons’ contentment. Additionally, both interviews revealed that happiness is a dependant element and that money also plays a subjective role to an individual in terms of shaping happiness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

Anzaldua, G., & AnaLouise, K. (2000). Interviews. New York, NY: Routledge.

Ingersoll, R. G. (2007). Interviews. Michigan City, IN: Reprint Services Corporation.

Knapp, M. L. (2002). Handbook of interpersonal communication. Center Valley, PA: SAGE.

Wright, D. H. (2005). Inter-Personal Communications. Metropolitan Avenue, NY: Authorhouse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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