1. https://www.ted.com/talks/emily_esfahani_smith_there_s_more_to_life_than_being_happy

2. https://www.ted.com/talks/matthieu_ricard_the_habits_of_happiness

3. https://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_the_paradox_of_choice

Here are this week’s in-class discussion questions:

  1. Can you learn to be happy? Can you teach someone to be happy?


  1. In A New Guage the concept of PERMA is discussed.  PERMA stands for positive emotion, engagement (the feeling of being lost in a task), relationships, meaning and accomplishment. 
    • What do you think of this new way to measure happiness? 
    • Does it need to be this complicated?


  1. Seligman argues that to accurately measure well-being one must also measure relationships with others and ones sense of accomplishing something worthwhile.  In the Authentic Happiness Inventory, there are questions that address these areas such as My life has purpose or meaning, and I feel cutoff/close to most people. 
    • Do you think these questions adequately measured these areas of your life?


  1. Seligman argues that well-being cannot just exist in your head.  Do you agree or disagree and why?


  1. In Happiness 101 the author discusses the Hedonic Treadmill (Feeling good) and how it differs from doing good.  What is wrong with just going after experiences that make you feel good?


  1. Some have argued that positive psychology feels more like a religion than a science.  What do you think?