Everybody has their individual way of experiencing happiness, be it through socializing and interacting with friends or focusing on oneself. Having read through the two articles presented by Ginny Grave, The Secret to Deeper Happiness Is Simpler than You Might Think, and Ruth Whippman, Happiness Is Other People, about the search for happiness. I believe that the article by Ruth Whippman, Happiness is Other People, has a more persuasive stand to it.
Firstly, we examine the credibility of the author that published these articles. Ginny Graves from Health has written for several major national magazines and a writer that specializes in health, fitness, and psychology (Graves, 2016). However, Ruth Whippman from New York Times is a writer that specializes in pursuing happiness and has been writing about happiness and have published several books on them (Whippman, n.d.). We will also examine the medium of these two articles. First, Health.com is a website that provides information on health and medical content by professionals and experts. The content on Health.com has also been fact-checked so that it can give the readers the most accurate information possible (Health, n.d.). This shows that Health.com has credibility behind the articles that are posted on its website. Second, The New York Times is a newspaper company with a global reputation and readership and provides reliable news to the people. It has also won 122 Pulitzer awards (Wikipedia The New York Times, n.d.). This shows that The New York Times is a credible and reliable source since it has won multiple awards and is highly regarded by individuals. Similarly, both articles that were published by their respective medium has credibility. However, from the facts that have been presented here, it makes the article by Ruth Whippman more reliable and persuasive as she has more experience in writing on this particular topic.
Each of the articles shared their points in attaining true happiness. Graves’s article mentioned that people who set one of their goals to be happier in life will most probably become less happy (Graves, 2017) and this claim was backed by Susan David, Ph.D., founder of Harvard-affiliated Institute of Coaching (Linkedin Susan David, n.d.). The claims within Graves’s article were also supported by professionals and authors which makes her article a reliable piece. Whippman also made claims within her article on how happiness can be attained (Whippman, 2017). However, the claims made by Whippman within her articles were not supported by any authors or professionals. Thus, with the pieces of evidence provided, it shows that the claims made by Graves have a more persuasive tone too it.
Lastly, we will be discussing in which article gave a more persuasive tone to it by examining whether the authors thought about the audience’s emotions when writing about the article. In Whippman’s article, she mentioned that “The most significant thing we can do for our well-being is not to ‘find ourselves’ or ‘go within.'” (Whippman, 2017). This shows that Whippman wrote this article to her audiences through own personal experiences and to help them if they are ever in the same situation. This allows her to capture the audiences’ attention and makes it more interesting reading through her piece. However, for Graves’s article, although her claims were backed up by multiple evidences, the way she wrote the article didn’t capture the audiences’ attention as there was little emphasis on the words and expressions she used which makes this article more of an informative piece instead of a persuasive one. Therefore, this makes the article by Whippman a more persuasive one.
In conclusion, a persuasive article needs to be credible, presents evidence and able to persuade the audience. Both articles have presented powerful techniques of persuasion. However, Whippman’s article showed to be more persuasive due to the fact that she is an experienced writer on the particular topic, being published in The New York Times and being able to persuade the audiences by using the right words and expressions and projecting her own personal views into the article which gives the article more life to it. Thus, Whippman’s article presented a more persuasive stand.