Students can choose one or several of the following articles and videos on happiness to answer the questions below:
1. What are the main points of the article/ video?
2. How did the article/ video change or challenge your thinking about the nature of happiness?
3. Based on what you read and based on your own life experience, what is your recipe for happiness?
Video/ TedTalk: The Surprising Science of Happiness “Dan Gilbert, author of ‘Stumbling on Happiness,’ challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our ‘psychological immune system’ lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
Article: What Makes Us Happy, Revisited by Scott Stossel; A new look at the famous Harvard study of what makes people thrive
Video/ TEDTalk: There is More to Life than Being Happy by Emily Esfahani Smith. Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there’s a more fulfilling path?, she asks.
Article: Why Denmark is the Happiest Country By Marie Helweg-Larsen; Why is Denmark the happiest country?