The article “Can drugs make us happier?” and the book “Brave new world” challenge the use of happiness drugs and how they affect people. Bernard in “Brave new world” lives in a society that believes the drug soma is essentially the cure for everything, it changes moods, feelings, and ideas. He rejects the idea of a false happiness and “would rather be [him]self”, and when he was disputing the fact that everyone is happy Lenina says “why don’t you take soma when you have these dreadful ideas of yours”. Huxley is revealing how soma makes you “so jolly” and how it restricts them from having their own thoughts. They are being instructed that if they feel any sort of unhappiness to just take soma and escape from their own thoughts and feelings. In “Can drugs make us happier” it conveys the idea that drugs only create this temporary fake happiness and that we can’t be truly happy because of a drug. Pollack say that very few taking narcotics or drinking “would be called truly happy” and that “fraudulent happiness is just what the pharmacological management of our mental lives threatens to confer upon us”. Just showing that no matter what drug is taken it will never be the same as being truly happy. It’s so much easier to just take a pill then to confront what is actually going on. In societies like the one in “Brave new world” it makes it so much easier to maintain control. It’s important that society is aware of the motivations behind the leaders, and that we remember they usually care more about money and conformity than dealing with problems and actually helping people. It comes down to either choosing between true happiness or conforming and following the rules.