High School Social Emotional Learning Activity
Learn how levels of happiness increase and decrease over time, and life is full of normal ups and downs. Learn strategies for increasing happiness that lasts.
Choose one of these quotes on happiness and the full teaching notes for each quote.
1. Choose one of the quotes above and review the teaching notes for the quote.
2. Discuss with students how sadness is part of life and having ups and downs is normal. One of the quotes can help students remember that when things feel more difficult or sad, there are strategies to help yourself feel better.
3. Watch this Ted Ed Video on the Hedonic Treadmill, a psychological theory that people tend to have steady states of happiness. We have moments of ups and moments of downs, but we tend to level off in a mid-range steady state.
Students can document answers to the following key points about the Hedonic Treadmill:
Note: See also these resources on understanding the difference between sadness and depression and strategies for coping with sadness.