The book “Fahrenheit 451”and the article “What’s your definition of happiness?” both give incite into happiness and explore the importance of independent thought. When Montag is asked “are you happy?” He begins to think about true happiness. He comes to the realization that him and the society around him wear happiness like “mask” and “never stop to think.” The author Ray Bradbury is exploring how independent thought and information is restricted in the illusion it is good for the society. In this dystopia people are not unable to have independent thought, but just consider it to be “time-wasting.” With Clarisse she “didn’t want to know how a thing was done, but why.” People like Montag don’t like thinking because “you wind up very unhappy” which makes them not second guess anything, but instead go with what they are told. Bradbury is informing his readers that happiness is part of independent thought and is not found through technology. Psychologist Rubin Khoddam says that part of happiness is “relate[ed] to life satisfaction.” But with Montag’s wife (and most of society) her “life satisfaction” is her screens which she is absorbed into and has no true “appreciation of life.” Today people perceive happiness with materialistic things and not to many people have their own idea of happiness. Happiness nowadays can be defined as maybe having more than others or newer and better things. Everyone needs true happiness and needs to stop wearing it like a mask and know the importance of stopping and thinking.