The Nature of Happiness: Background
Activity 1: Happiness Poll
Using Mentimeter.com, students vote* on two areas that bring them happiness. As a class, discuss the findings.
In-class alternative: Post the headings in class and have students place a sticky note below two headings of their choice, lining the notes up vertically. Once they’re finished, you will have a good visual of a graph and can discuss your findings.
Activity 2: Happiness/Gratitude Experiment
Can our actions affect our own happiness? Studies have shown that feeling gratitude for something or someone can actually raise the level of our own happiness. Have students put this to the test by following the example in the Happiness/Gratitude Experiment that can be downloaded from the American Sociological Association.
The setting of Mr. Happy Man is Bermuda. Many students will have heard of the Bermuda Triangle, but may not know where Bermuda is. Give them context with the following activities.
Activity 3: Bermuda Web Quest:
Students use their internet sleuthing skills to answer the questions provided by this web quest worksheet. Helpful links are provided but can be removed from the project if desired.
Activity 4: Escape to Bermuda: