Topic: Happiness

What is Happiness?

Ask the students to rank, from 1 to 8, the following activities according to how important they think each is for their happiness (1 is the most important on the list and 8 is the least important on the list). It can be helpful to prepare this list before the session and make a copy What is Happiness?

What is Your Hope?

This lesson can be used either in a classroom or online. Description: A Missouri middle school put the question “What is your hope?” on a chalkboard outside school before people arrived. They made a video of the ways students and teachers responded to the question. For this session, you can begin with the video (available What is Your Hope?

Baboon on the Moon

Baboon and the Moon still

This lesson plan can be used either in a classroom or online. Plot Summary: This six-minute film is about a baboon who lives alone on the Moon. Wordless and moving, the video portrays the baboon as full of longing for the Earth, struggling with feelings of sadness and loneliness. Looking wistfully out at Earth, he Baboon on the Moon

The Happiness Game 

toy letters that say DID YOU SMILE TODAY?

The Happiness Game  Materials needed: A paper and a pen.  The facilitator has to make three columns as follows:  a. Things I must have to be happy.  b. Things I would like to have to be happy.  c. Things I do not require to be happy.  Participants have to add three things in each column. The Happiness Game 

Can God be Happy or Sad?

Colorful painting of swirling galaxy.

One of the central questions in Theology involves the nature of God.  While religious studies employs different standards of proof that other disciplines in philosophy, one longstanding method has involved looking for logical consistency among different traits proposed.  In this lesson, the Polish philosopher Leszek Kołakowski calls for us to think about the question of God’s Can God be Happy or Sad?

On Friendship

child-like drawing of a girl and boy

Materials needed Index cards Whiteboard and several different colored dry erase markers   Description Pass out one index card to each student. Instruct the students to draw, without using representations of people (including stick figures, faces, and the like), a creative representation of a good friendship. Have the students then discuss their drawings in small On Friendship