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Happy ( 1 point each

Core questions: Are you happy?  Why or why not?   What makes people happy?  What makes you happy?

How can you generate happiness for yourself?  For others?  How does this film speak to the course materials?

1.      Make a list of what makes YOU really happy.




2.      What is the “Hedonic Treadmill”?




3.      What are the three extrinsic goals cited?  What are the three intrinsic goals?  How do they work against each other?



















4.      What is the genetic set range?    What percentage can you control your happiness?





5.      What is Dopamine? How do generate it?  What happens as you age?






6.      What does it mean to be “in the zone” or have “flow”?






7.      Describe  the Karoshi trend  in Tokyo, Japan .







People What are the common factors that happy people possess?  Pay attention to what is said and also note what is not said.   

Person/ People

Take notes about the following using the examples / philosophies.  Note their circumstances and how/why they are happy.

8.      India / Rickshaw Driver





9.      Lousiana Bayou / “Live off the land”





10.  Brazilian surfer / Ronaldo Fadul





11.  Jamal / cook





12.  Melissa Moody / accepting the whole of our lives





13.  Ed Deiner  / “Happiness can help you reach your other goals.”





14.  Bhutan / Government on Gross National Happiness





15.  Denmark /  co-housing, free govt. healthcare for life and education through college


16.  Okinawa, Japan / most 100 year olds per capita




17.  Dalai Lama





18.  Namidia, Africa / The original people



19.  Andy Wimmer / Kolkata, India




20.  What do these people seem to have in common?  How does your list of what makes you happy compare?








21.  What does Michael Pritchard, the speaker at the middle school point out?








22.  What role can government play in personal happiness? 






23.  What can we do to be happier, according to the film? How does this impact the world?






Some Notable Quotes:

Recovering from adversity quickly is a component for happiness… return to baseline.


Dan Gilbert, Stumbling Into Happiness. “Once you have basic needs met, money doesn’t buy happiness.”


Tim Kasser, PhD.  “Money does not make us happy.”


Michael Pritchard speaker /  Look at how disconnected we get.” / “Joy comes from our connection to others.” / “Together, we all going to win.” –Annie


Namidia, Africa /  The original people.”

“To laugh is very important.”  Interdependence on one another and nature.  “We feel responsible for each other.”


Dalai Lama /  mother/child relationship (We are programmed for compassion; it’s nature) “Compassion, from birth, is in our blood.”


Kolkata, India / “My life is loan from God, and I will give it back with interest.” -Andy Wimmer volunteer at Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying.  Learn acceptance and tolerance.


Over 2500 years old / Compassion Meditation / “Through intention we can change our brain.” / count blessings / acts of kindness


All are free: play, new experiences, friends/family, meaningful interaction with the world, appreciation for what we have.

“The more happiness you have, the more everyone has.” You see, you just might be able to make the world a better place!