The Nature of Happiness

The U.S. Constitution states that the pursuit of happiness is an inalienable right. The United Nations' Global Happiness Index ranks countries according to the happiness of its citizens. As part of a discussion of the nature of happiness, class members view Matt Morris's film, Mr. Happy Man and consider Johnny Barnes' attempts to spread joy and happiness.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Include the lesson as part of the International Day of Happiness
Classroom Considerations


  • The five-page packet includes background information, a lesson plan, discussion questions, and writing prompts

  • None