Happiness The Pursuit of Serotonin

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Throughout one’s life, we are destined to experience a vast variety of circumstances which will ultimately affect what we feel as a result, though we as a society seem to strive to achieve happiness above other emotions or experiences. (Gilbert) Blaise Pascal has alleged that happiness acts as an essential motivator for us as humans, not only in society, but throughout the history of our survival and evolution. It could be said that happiness itself can be reduced to nothing more than a process of neurotransmission, but emotion is not an exact science in all cases, making happiness seem to be more subjective than a mere chemical reaction. (Datta) From a young age, I have been very academically motivated and my passion for learning has only continued to develop over the years. Despite the fact that I was accepted to Ivy League institutions such as Princeton University, I ultimately decided on Drexel University because I felt that I was happiest with the programs they had to offer. However, this experience was not as pleasant as one would have expected or hoped; I struggled with chronic depression throughout the entirety of my time studying at Drexel University, but I soon learned that many of my classmates felt similarly. In fact, recent studies show that depressive behaviors, suicidal thoughts, and other self-destructive tendencies are all far too common amongst current college students. (Mortier) When I was nineteen years old, I began working as a communications officer for a municipal police department. Previously, I had dreaded going into work and this dissatisfaction seeped into other areas of my life until I changed the trajectory of my career path. Emergency dispatching provided me with a newfound passion, or happiness; I felt truly happy with my career and found myself eager to log into my console to take calls.

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