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5 Things that will Make You Happier

Five Things that Will Make You Much Happier

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Pre-Reading Questions

What things make people happy? Make your own list and share with your partner. What do you think experts say on the topic of happiness?

Are their ideas good to follow?  Why or why not?

What do you predict the “five things” will be?

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There’s enough advice on happiness floating around out there to make your head spin. Yet, this is understandable, as everyone is different. What makes one person happy might make another miserable.

strategies on the brain. His findings have a lot to teach us about what actually works when it comes to boosting happiness.

Korb’s research demonstrated that your thoughts—and the emotions you feel in response to those thoughts—have a profound impact on surprising areas of your brain.

Author:  Dr. Travis Bradberry

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Share Your Opinions

Do you agree or disagree with the author’s “five things” for happiness (below)? Why or why not? Discuss with your partner.

1. Gratitude creates happiness.

2. Labeling negative feelings dilutes their power.

3. Making decisions feels good.

4. It helps you to lend a hand.

5. Our brains are wired for touch.

What are your tips for happiness?

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More Practice

Look at the vocabulary words below.

Some just refer to parts of the brain or chemicals in your body. They are not so common.

Focus on the more common words at the bottom of the list.

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Have you seen them before?

What do you think they mean?

Discuss them with your partner, and try to use them in sentences.

Parts of the brain / body

prefrontal cortex dorsolateral ventromedial amygdala limbic system anterior cigulate insula

Hormones and chemicals

serotonin dopamine oxytocin

Other Vocabulary





float(ing) around








ramp(s) up






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