- On a scale from 1 to 10, how happy are you? Explain why you chose that
- Do you think most people around you are slightly happy, extremely happy, or
unhappy? Explain your reasoning.
- What is “positive psychology”?
- What are some benefits of being happy?
- Why is it difficult to measure happiness?
- Scientists have developed more accurate ways to measure happiness. Describe
- Which determines how happy you are: genes or external circumstances?
- Name a research-backed happiness booster.
- The article suggests that poets and artists, in addition to scientists, are
interested in the subject of happiness. Compare how an artist might talk about
happiness with how a scientist would talk about the subject. How do members of
each profession approach the topic differently? Which type of person do you
think understands happiness better? Why?
- Why do you think teenagers are prone to depression?
- The article offers several tips for becoming happier. Are these suggestions
helpful to you? Why or why not?
- Besides happiness, name two emotional states that might be useful for
scientists to rate on a scale from 1 through 10. Name two states that would be
difficult to rate or compare in a similar way. Why do ratings work well
sometimes and fail other times as a tool for collecting scientific data?
- Would you expect that scientists have conducted more research on sadness or
happiness? Explain your answer.
- Where does happiness come from? Is it located in the brain or somewhere
- Do you think people in the past were as concerned with happiness as they are
today? Has the meaning of happiness changed throughout history?
- Do you think people in some parts of the world are happier than people in
other places? Where would you expect people to be happiest? Where would you be happiest?
- Expressing gratitude helps boost happiness, according to research. Write a
letter to someone that expresses appreciation for something they’ve done for
- Your genes help determine how happy you are, and genes get passed down from
generation to generation. Pick an older family member to interview. Ask
questions that will help you determine how happy he or she was at your age and
how happy he or she is now. Has this person’s level of happiness changed over