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Reblog: Happiness, According to One of My Students

In preparation for tomorrow’s keynote address at the Student Success in Writing Conference here in Savannah, I am reblogging these three pertinent posts. EnJoy!

 

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!

Happiness, According to One of My Students

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!

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