According to research (“Definition of HAPPINESS”, n.d.
), happiness is defined as a state of well-being and contentment. The articles “The secret to deeper happiness is simpler than you might think” by Graves, G. and “Health is other people” by Whippman, R. have explored the search of happiness and each respectively believing that happiness is reflected on one’s self and through the interactions. Both articles informed the audience the different methodology happiness is achieved and how individuals can better attain it. However, Ginny Graves’s article was more persuasive as she approached it objectively through the effective use of logos, proper structuring and relevant premises which adds to the article’s credibility.In the overall context of the article, Graves has effectively made use of logos to analyse and communicate her claim to the audience. She presented her claim that even if one closes on the house of their dreams, it’s only but a temporary feeling.
(Graves, 2017). This claim was supported with reputable life coach Martha Beck (Akner, 2016) saying “We live in a culture that tells us we’re supposed to be euphoric all the time, but that feeling isn’t sustainable”. (Graves, 2017) The use of a professional figure to substantiate helps strengthen credibility of the claim. On the other side, Whippman made use of ethos; credibility to prove her claim. This can be seen when Whippman said how she spent the last few years researching and writing a book about happiness and anxiety in America (Whippman, 2017). The statement suggest for readers to trust her credibility in understanding happiness. Additionally, research have shown that her book on happiness, America the Anxious was a best seller (Dawson, 2016) which she could be using to appeal to readers.
However, this reliance of character could frame the information to be less objective as it is an individual perception. This goes to show Graves’s use of logos to support her claims with facts proves a more persuasive article.Secondly, structure and organization are integral components of an effective persuasive essay and this is corroborated with Hamilton College (“Hamilton College”, n.d.). Between these two articles, Graves’s article was more persuasive due to its conciseness and coherence. In her article, Graves made her position clear that happiness comes from within. This is through an implied meaning that real happiness is quieter and calmer which represents self-reflection.
This claim was further substantiated with her 3 points “Pursue meaning, not happiness”, “Make your brain a sunnier place” and “Stay rooted in the right now”. Every point carried depth and related back to how happiness is reflected and focused one one’s self. On the flip side, Whippman’s article demonstrated the expression of burying the lead.
The premises provided in the body of the article was conversely catered towards happiness coming from within. There was no proper establishment between this and the thesis statement which came at Paragraph 12 “it is this: our happiness depends on other people” (Whippman, 2017). The premises to support Whippman’s claim was established only in the later part of the article. The lack of clarity from Whippman’s article compared to the clear claim made by Graves evidently leads to the Grave’s article being more persuasive. Moving forward, while both articles provided relevant premises to support their respective claims to the attainment of happiness. Graves’s article was more credible compared to the lack of substantial and supporting evidence for Whippman’s. Quoting from University of Pittsburgh, Department of Communication,” Evidence serves as support for the reasons offered and helps comple audiences to accept claims” (“University of Pittsburgh”, n.d.
) This renders Whippman’s article to be more sceptical. Similarly, Whippman explored 3 points in attempt to strengthen her claim that happiness is dependent on external interactions. However, these premises had no supporting evidence. All that was mentioned, was how studies and researched show without a proper cross reference.
This suggests that the claims made by Whippman were not researched enough to consider it credible. On the other hand, Graves made points which were supported by professionals such as Chade-Meng Tan, an early Google employee who wrote a best-selling book about happiness called “Search Inside Yourself” (Bort, 2015). In addition, to support her claim that happiness is from within, Graves used a 2016 Michigan State University to strengthen how meditation aids in the control of happiness (Moser & Henion, 2016).
This shows more credibility which makes it more persuasive in terms of her argument compared to Whippman’s. Despite Whippman’s use of her credibility and experience to support her claims, it is clear that many of these are subjective intentions. This renders her article to be subjective and unreliable. To encapsulate, Graves has presented a more persuasive case with the effective use of evidence and a coherent and concise structure for her arguments.