Exploring and Encouraging a Healthy Life Marked with Joy

In my English 1102 (Composition II) classes, we have been writing about happiness–based on the books we are reading (Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini), as well as our Gratitude Journals and Happiness Boxes (more on this fun and quirky strategy in a later JoyInciter post).

Here’s what Claire Torell, one of my students, wrote about happiness:

“Though happiness can appear in the stillness of the morning, or on walks in the cool breeze, happiness cannot hide when you create it for yourself.  I hunt it down in the wisps of grass that resemble an old woman’s swirl of hair.  I breathe it in with my morning coffee and feel its creamy texture in my lungs.  I absorb happiness from stucco walls and molded ceilings.  The bright paint chips and glow of rust help happiness flow through my blood.”

Isn’t that cool?  Terrific imagery.  And I love Claire’s assertion that happiness can’t hide if we create it for ourselves.  Yes, let’s do that–become makers/creators of happiness.

Thanks, Claire!

Comments on: "Happiness, According to One of My Students" (3)

  1. Beautiful post! The lack of humility in teaching makes happiness so accessible.

  2. Who is this student??? Sartre?

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