Happiness has been a disputable subject for many years now. Every person is in some way seeking their happiness, while the main contributing factors to happiness have been a debatable issue. The two articles, which are “The secret to a deeper happiness is simpler than you might think” by Ginny Graves and “Happiness is other people” by Ruth Whippman, had discussed the differences about their happiness perception. However, based on the following criterion: author’s reliability, source credibility and logical appeal, the article from Ginny presented a more persuasive case with the evidence clearly displayed throughout the article.

One of the factors affecting the persuasiveness of an article will be source credibility. Both articles have included sources to support their claims. However, sources cited by Ginny are of higher credibility.

According to Ruth, she mentioned that those who believed that happiness comes from within are getting their balance wrong because there was a wide body of research telling the exact opposite. But the article did not mention who are the people from the wide body of the research team, thus we do not know if they are reliable or credible enough to be considered as a trustworthy source. Whereas for Ginny Graves, her articles have been supported by statistics and expert’s opinions. The evidence she provides to support her claims is convincing to the readers. According to Ginny’s article, A 2016 study at Michigan State University found that after a 20-minute guided session, meditation novices who were shown troubling photos were better at taming their negative emotions. This proves that Ginny’s source is of higher credibility.

Another factor that affects the persuasiveness of an article will be author’s reliability. The credentials of an author reveal his or her competency to influence the reader’s perception of the topic. Both writers have the competency to write, but Ginny Graves clearly has more reliability in her writing. Based on the sources from Linkedin, Ginny Graves has been a freelance writer for 25 years, her experience in this field has been acknowledging with several awards and she writes regularly for most of the major national magazines. Whereas for Ruth Whippman, she has plenty of working experiences, she started as a staff producer-director for 9 years, next she worked as a producer for another 3 years, then she worked as a freelance writer for 9 years more.

With Ginny Graves working for her whole life career as a writer for 25 years, she proves her expertise in this field and has gained more reliable trust in her writings.Another factor that affects the persuasiveness of an article will be the logical appeal. In order to gain support for your claim, it is important to show the reasoning and agreeing statements with the principles of logic to the readers. Ginny Graves’s articles have been supported by statistics and expert’s opinions. Ginny puts pieces of puzzles one by one to the readers, sharing with readers what could we do in the journey to pursue happiness. According to Ginny’s article, she begins with a clear title of “The secret to deeper happiness is simpler than you might think”, which appears to agree with what the study had claimed. Firstly, she explained to us why exhilarating moments of happiness are not permanent.

Then she went on to explain that we should not pursue happiness, but pursue activities that dovetail with our values. Next, she explained why we should make our brain a sunnier place. All her arguments are supportive and justifiable, and most importantly, relevant to the title and conclusion. At variant with Ginny, Ruth Whippman’s article begins with a clear title of “Happiness is other people”, which appears to agree with what the study had claimed. However, as we continue to read the article, we found that the author’s stand is unclear where she stated that “Happiness should not depend on other people”, and “Happiness is determined not by what’s happening around you, but what’s happening inside you”. Since the start of the article, Ruth was mentioning about “Happiness comes from within”, and she even wrote eleven out of sixteen paragraphs in the whole article about it, while the readers are getting convinced that happiness does come from within, then she started to change her perception of happiness, she wrote five paragraphs about “Happiness is other people”, yet the author failed to provide credible sources to support her arguments. This suggests a logical fallacy.

In conclusion, it is evident that the article from Ginny has presented a more persuasive case. Her credentials as a freelance writer expert have justified her reliability and credibility. She writes with evidence cited from credible sources to prove her claims. With the above facts listed, Ginny’s article is thus able to persuade the readers more effectively. 


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