Mutluluk nedir? - What is Happiness?

06/01/2011 00:00:00

Listen to the views about happiness here: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/discovery/discovery_20110418-2000b.mp3

00:00 – 06:00

Vocabulary

Put the words below into the blanks.

upbeat, outlook, flourish, set out, get in on act, GDP, demonstrate, holistic, substantial

to take advantage of something that someone else started :
 
to grow or develop successfully :
 
large in size, value or importance :
 
to show; to make clear :
 
full of hope, happiness and good feelings :
 
a person's way of understanding and thinking about something :
 
the total value of goods and services produced by a country in a year :
 
dealing with or treating the whole of something or someone and not just a part :
 
to start an activity with a particular aim :
 

Comprehension Questions

1. Which of the followings isn’t one of the benefits of optimism according to the program?
  • Living longer
  • Being more successful in both work and private life
  • Suffering less from all kinds of fatal diseases
  • Making more money
 
2. Why isn't happiness easy to measure?
  • It has certain criteria which are valid for everyone.
  • It’s hard to describe because it’s too subjective.
  • Everybody can tell if someone is happy or not.
  • There are a lot of ways to measure happiness and the scientist cannot decide which to choose.
 
3. What does GNH mean?
  • Grand National Habit
  • Gross Natural Health
  • Gross National Happiness
  • Grand Natural Harmony
 
4. According to Prof. Martin Seligman, what is the fifth component of well-being?
  • Attributing a meaning and defining a purpose for one’s life.
  • Achieving the goals in life.
  • Engaging yourself with work or other meaningful activities.
  • Having everything you desire however having no pain anymore.
 

Add your answers to the next questions below as comment.

5. What is happiness to you?

6. If happiness can be measured, what do you think can be done with that information? Would it be a good guide for the politicians?

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