Class members begin by taking out a piece of paper and recording the appropriate answer for themselves next to each of the words below.
Indicate to what extent you have felt this way during the past week, using a scale of 1 to 5 where:
1 = very slightly 2 = a little 3 = moderately 4 = quite a bit 5 = extremely or not at all
__interested __irritable __distressed __alert __excited
__ashamed __upset __inspired __strong __nervous
__guilty __determined __scared __attentive __hostile
__ jittery __enthusiastic __active __proud __afraid
Next, class members write two to three sentences about a memory of the time they were the happiest over the last year. Students should consider: What made you happy? What did the happiness feel like? What did the event make you think about? How long did the feeling of happiness last? Students may then take a few minutes to talk with others about their memories. Turning over the paper with the happiness ratings, class members now rate themselves a second time on the items above, using the scale. When this is complete, the class is ready to discuss the following questions:
4-8. Looking over your initial ratings, how happy do your responses indicate you’ve been in the last
week? Was this a usual week for you?
4-9. Comparing your two ratings, did the second set change? Did your ratings go up or down? Why do
you think they would change?
4-10. The items in the rating represent the PANAS (Positive and Negative Affect Scale). The PANAS
happiness scale has been shown to be a strong indicator of happiness. Do you think the test accurately
measured your happiness? Why or why not?
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