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Are You Happy?

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Although you may not be able to measure your happiness levels, you can still take some advice to increase the positive emotions in your life.

It's difficult for experts to understand happiness. However, according to experts, married people are generally happier. Richer people also tend to be happier, although they then compare their wealth to their peers (and maybe don't feel so rich). And if you live in a richer country, you're likely happier too.

But it's not easy to earn more money, move to a rich country, or find the perfect partner. Some things you can control include exercise, because healthy bodies and minds lead to happiness. You should also solve problems sooner rather than later. Spending time in nature also lowers stress, which might then improve happiness. Meditation is also very effective.

Preview the lesson material:

Warm Up: Discuss the question with your partner for five minutes.

  1. What makes you feel happy? Please explain.

Vocabulary: Check the new vocabulary in a dictionary. Then match the words.

  1. positive
  2. generally
  3. control
  4. effective
  • successful
  • manage
  • something that's good
  • almost always

Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.

  1. Are you generally a positive or a negative person? Why do you think so?
  2. Why do you think some people are so happy? Why are other people so unhappy?
  3. What advice would you give to someone for a happier life? Please explain.

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