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Happiness can be defined as a short-term feeling such as a reaction to an enjoyable movie or an excellent song It can also be the happiness one experiences while with a group of friends or while being intimate with a loved one For others happiness can be achieved through the purchase of material goods or receiving gifts Im sure a brand new Chevrolet Corvette would make us all happy Unlike instant happiness true bliss is something that is quite difficult to achieve The contentment that one could feel in his or her life is usually a series of successes and small individual periods of happiness usually worldly related that give the impression of overall contentment The perfect pleasure that one gets just by living out his or her life by being fully content about the present totally secure about the future and happy with the past is true bliss but unfortunately as evidenced by the stories Astronomers Wife The Chrysanthemums and Hills Like White Elephants true bliss is almost impossible to achieve The characters in these stories dont feel very content in their individual situations and often wish for better lives to help suffice the emptiness they feel Sometimes you know you are unhappy but you just cant figure out what it is that will make your life content You go on living like a machine - doing the same dreadful deeds everyday You dont really know how to change but you know that you should have something different because this hellish existence called life begs to be alleviated by something new and exciting something that will turn your whole existence upside down to start a fresh new beginning You desire to be happy but you dont know how This is similar to the situation that Mrs Ames goes through in Kay Boyles Astronomers Wife She awoke every morning to a person for whom she had to work diligently and in return she was treated
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