Ehrenreich uses evidence from popular news sources, real world events and appeal to emotion to argue her thesis.
She talks about the financial crash of 2008 and how it’s related to gratitude (“The financial crash of 2008 further dimmed the luster of positive thinking…This left the self-improvement field open to more cautious stances, like mindfulness and resilience and — for those who could still muster it — gratitude”).
By discussing such a famous event, Ehrenreich not only grabs the audience’s attention, but shows how gratitude is related to the problematic way of thinking (positive thinking) that caused the horrible event in the first place.
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Also, if you simply can’t get enough of new SAT essay prompts, you can find another one here. In Barbara Ehrenreich’s article “The Selfish Side of Gratitude,” she argues that expressing gratitude has become a selfish act.
When school started back up this fall, I dropped my studying to about one hour a day during the week and two hours a day on the weekends until the test date.
At this point it was mostly about eliminating careless mistakes.I cannot stress how important it is to take the practice tests under realistic conditions.I took each and every test on a Saturday morning and on paper.Finally, Ehrenreich appeals to the emotions when she talks about how we need to show gratitude to other people.She says “there is a need for more gratitude, especially from those who have a roof over their heads and food on their table” which implies that rich people need to be more grateful to the poor people that help us.She's currently an MPP candidate at Harvard University and wants her life back, so if you ever find it, please let her know.Magoosh blog comment policy: To create the best experience for our readers, we will approve and respond to comments that are relevant to the article, general enough to be helpful to other students, concise, and well-written!:) If your comment was not approved, it likely did not adhere to these guidelines.If you are a Premium Magoosh student and would like more personalized service, you can use the Help tab on the Magoosh dashboard. I started preparing for the test back in June of this year, right after school got out.I spent about two hours ( /- one hour) a day studying every day of the summer.