“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon”
Winnie the Pooh
I believe in positive psychology. It works its magic providing a long-term effect that we are striving to achieve. However, happiness in the classroom is similar to maintaining a good relationship – you have to work at it and it needs the same level of effort from both partners. I’ve developed this lesson for my students to share our ideas of happiness and to learn what we can do to feel happier and, thus, to be able to learn more and approach tasks with more enthusiasm.
AN EXPERIMENT IN HAPPINESS
1. Before you start, tell your students that you’re running an experiment in happiness and ask them to participate and assess how happy they are on a scale from 1 to 4, where 1 is the lowest level of happiness and 4 is the highest level.
2. Opinion poll. Hand out questions of the opinion poll (one per student) and ask students to approach as many students as possible within 7 minutes [set your time limit depending on the number of students] to get answers to their questions. When the time is up, ask students to present a brief summary of the answers given.