Saturday, March 5, 2011

Happiness Project in a Lesson

This lesson uses an interview Happiness interview: Hope Edelman and a movie scene from the movie Bucket List to sparkle a conversation about happiness. I used with my conversation last week. It generated a meaningful discussion totally moving away from typical bookish somewhat shallow exchange of ideas. The Happiness project is on my blogroll for several reasons. First, it provides me with simple,useful insights on how to pursue my individual happiness. Second, I always find interesting material to use in my classes. Finally, I like the easy to follow, light view on life.

1. Discuss the questions below in groups
What’s a simple activity that consistently makes you happier?
Is there anything you find yourself doing repeatedly that gets in the way of your happiness?
If you’re feeling blue, how do you give yourself a happiness boost?
Do you have a comfort activity?
Have you ever been surprised that something you expected would make you very happy, didn’t – or vice versa?
Have you ever brought joy into someone's life?

The ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven the gods asked them two questions. Their answers determined whether they were admitted or not.

What are the two questions? Watch the scene and check.

For more details watch the subtitled version

Follow up

E- writing - SMITH Magazine is teaming up with Gretchen Rubin, author of the bestselling book, The Happiness Project, as well as the popular daily blog, to ask readers to share their "Secrets to Happiness"—in just six words. Write yours and spread the word!

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