Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 395–408

Communicating and Philosophizing About Authenticity or Inauthenticity in a Fast-Paced World

Research Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10902-009-9147-4

Cite this article as:
DeGreeff, B.L., Burnett, A. & Cooley, D. J Happiness Stud (2010) 11: 395. doi:10.1007/s10902-009-9147-4


North Americans live in an increasingly fast-paced world. Not only might this be physically and relationally unhealthy, a fast pace of life might prevent people from living life to its fullest and achieving happiness. Using Heidegger’s theory of Dasein, this study examines how individuals talk about time in holiday letters. Results of the study indicate that many letter writers were living inauthentic lives. According to Heidegger, inauthenticity prevents individuals from experiencing life at its fullest; implications of the findings blending philosophy and communication are discussed.


Fast-paced life Heidegger Authenticity Inauthenticity 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Becky L. DeGreeff
    • 1
  • Ann Burnett
    • 1
  • Dennis Cooley
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of CommunicationNorth Dakota State UniversityFargoUSA
  2. 2.Department of History and PhilosophyNorth Dakota State UniversityFargoUSA

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