Spring 2014 Extra Credit Assignment Option
Due May 6, 2014
The Surprising Science of Happiness
Please view and summarize the TED Talk- The Surprising Science of Happiness (by
For this assignment, you would write a two-page paper summarizing Gilbert’s key points
on happiness. Include his ideas on happiness including how our learning experiences and
understandings shape our views on happiness.
What Makes Us Happy? The Surprising Science of Happiness.
Consider these questions:
1.How do traumas shape and/or impact our happiness?
2.What does Gilbert say about the concept of synthesized happiness? How is this studied
in the field of psychology?
3. What are your ideas and thoughts based on Gilbert’s discussion of the secret of
4. Offer any critiques of his talk.
Finally, link one or two points from this TED talk to a few of the findings on happiness
from the Weiner text (what the research findings say as far as what correlates with
happiness: moderately, strongly, etc.). You can refer to the Emotion chapter and other
chapters if helpful.
1. Please use APA format.
2. Your can earn up to 4 points to be added to your final grade.