Both Secondly, Ruth includes her own personal research

Both authors discuss the topic on searching for
happiness. Ginny Graves believes that one should reflect and focus on oneself
in order to achieve happiness while Ruth Whippman thinks that we should
concentrate our energy on others in order to be happy. After considering the
arguments presented by both authors, I believe that the article written by Ruth
Whippman is more persuasive due to her expertise on the subject matter and the
balanced argument she provides.

First of all, Ruth Whippman is an author. Her book
titled “America the Anxious” is related to the current article that she has
written which means that she has done extensive research in this field of study.
She is able to better present her ideas as she has first-hand experience on the
issue at hand and she draws on these experiences when writing the article where
she talks about how self-reflection does not necessarily lead to happiness even
though studies may prove it (Whippman, 2017). Granted her personal experience
may not speak for everyone, but the use of such examples tells readers that she
has tried self-reflection and she must have had strong reasons to believe that
it does not lead to happiness, building a more persuasive case. Furthermore, Ruth’s
article was published on the New York Times, compared to Ginny’s article which
was published on health .com. No doubt the New York Times is a much more
credible website which helps to increase the reliability of Ruth’s argument,
which aids in delivering a more persuasive argument.

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Secondly, Ruth includes her own personal research in
the article, which allows her to portray her argument in a more persuasive tone
as she believes that what she is writing to be true. Ruth’s argument is further
strengthened when she acknowledges the fact that self-reflection is important
to one’s happiness. By considering the opposing viewpoint, she writes a
balanced argument which gives readers a better understanding on why she
believes that focusing on others leads to happiness.

 Whereas for
Ginny, the sources she provided to support her argument were opinions of other
people. She did not conduct her own research to support her claims, hence her
argument is formed on the opinions of other individuals. She did not consider
other viewpoints, which makes her argument very one-sided. This makes it look
like she is trying very hard to sell her idea because she has no hard evidence,
unlike Ruth who has included various statistics in her article. The only hard
evidence Ginny has is a study conducted at Michigan State University in 2016
and even that does not directly link self-reflection to happiness. According to
Ginny, “While you might link happiness to a future goal (losing 10 pounds,
getting married, landing a big job), you don’t have to wait for other factors
to fall into place to call a friend who is going through a rough patch, write a
postcard to your senator urging her not to cut funding for an important
program, tutor an ESL student, or volunteer at a dog shelter.” (Graves,
2017, paragraph 3). This point is
contradictory to her view that one should focus on oneself to achieve happiness
as the examples she provided involve interacting with other people. This contradiction
reduces the persuasiveness of her argument.

However, we should not ignore Ginny’s article and
totally neglect the point she is trying to bring across. Ginny does well in
empathising with the readers as she uses everyday examples such as “the purr of
your cat” (Graves, 2017, paragraph 6) which helps her connect with her readers
to make her argument more persuasive. Her argument has a good structure with
clear headings that makes it easy for readers to understand.  By tapping on the opinions of others, such as
Susan David, Mallika Chopra and Robert Lustig, she proves that she has a strong
backing to support her claim and that her stand is not hers alone. However, it
must be noted that the above-mentioned individuals are authors and she cited
them together with the title and price of the book they wrote. This looks like
a marketing tactic to promote their book and does not make for strong evidence
to support her claim.

In conclusion, both authors present two opposing
viewpoints to achieve happiness and they go about their own unique way in
supporting their claims. Although I believe that Ruth Whippman has made a more
persuasive argument, I cannot totally ignore Ginny’s argument as she has made
some interesting points. Ultimately, the evidence that Ruth provided coupled
with the fact that she provided a balanced argument and her strong background allows
her to be more persuasive than Ginny.


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