you will discuss definitions of happiness and freedom, how they evolve, what they reveal about culture, and how media and myth influence both happiness and freedom. How does the definition of happiness and freedom change over a lifetime? Though the definitions may vary, are there overall elements that are required for something to be considered happiness? How do our views of happiness and freedome reflect cultural myths? How is happiness defined by American media and advertising? The concept of the American Dream, originally articulated in 1931 by James Truslow Adams, emphasizes the possibility of upward mobility through hard work and effort. Does this definition still apply today? How would you define the American Dream?