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Happiness, 6.21 (G) Final Exam (Part 2)

Peer-graded Assignment: Final Exam (Part 2) Submit by Feb 9, 11:59 PM PST Important Information It is especially important to submit this assignment before the deadline, Feb 9, 11:59 PM PST, because it must be graded by others. If you submit late, there may not be enough classmates around to review your work. This makes it difficult - and in some cases, impossible - to produce a grade. Submit on time to avoid these risks. InstructionsMy submission Discussions

This is the short essay part of the final exam and will be peer-graded. This part has 6 questions. Each question is worth 5 points, 2.5% of the final grade. Review criteria less  Please review at least 3 submissions Assignment less  This (short-essay) part of the final exam will test your memory for, and understanding of, various important concepts discussed in the video lectures. Note that there are 6 questions and each question has two parts: part a and part b. Each question is worth 2.5%, so the total for this (short essay) part is 15 points. 1. a. A big reason why many of us commit the fundamental happiness paradox is because we harbor negative misconceptions about happiness. Mention at least two such negative misconceptions and provide some support for why they aren't valid. That is, refer to at least one research finding (you don't need to cite the paper) that indicates that the negative misconception is invalid. (3 point.) 1. b. Viktor Frankl, the gentleman who wrote, Man's search for meaning, is reputed to have said, “Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue…” Frankl's quote suggests that it's better not to pursue happiness. Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with Frankl's statement and justify your position by referring to relevant findings. (2 points.) 2. a. In Week 2 of the course, 3 characteristics of flow were discussed. Mention two of the three and, using an example (e.g., game of Tennis), describe one of these two features. (3 points.) 2. b. A remarkable feature of flow is that almost everyone has experienced it. Another remarkable feature is that it can be experienced so long as a simple condition is met. What is that condition? Be specific. (2 points.) 3.a. The Dalai Lama is supposed to have said, “If you want to make others happy, be compassionate. If you want to be happy yourself, be compassionate.” Would you agree with this statement? In answering this question, please refer to at least two of the many findings we discussed on the impact that being kind and compassionate has on happiness. (3 points.) 3.b. Consider this statement: Givers are always more successful than takers or matchers. Do you agree with the statement? Justify your answer by referring to relevant findings. (2 points) 4.a.We discussed several reasons why seeking to control others and outcomes lowers happiness levels. Mention at least three reasons and elaborate on them. (3 points) 4.b.“Internal and external control are compensatory forces.” What does this statement mean and do you agree with it? Justify your answer by referring to relevant studies/findings that show that internal and external control are compensatory in nature (or not). (2 points.) 5.a.What do findings by John Helliwell and his co-authors reveal about the relationship between trust and happiness of countries? The “wallet drop” study conducted by The Toronto Star reveals an interesting fact about trust. Mention this interesting fact and then, based on this fact, draw an implication for “exercising smart trust.” (2 points.) 5.b.What's the difference among “obsessive pursuit of passion,” “indifferent pursuit of passion” and “dispassionate pursuit of passion” when it comes to how outcomes are judged? In which category do most of us fall? Finally, why is indifferent pursuit of passion not possible? (3 points.) 6.a.In Week 6 of the course, we discussed the many positive consequences of practicing mindfulness. Mention at least three such benefits—one in each of the following three categories: i) physical health, ii) mental health (well-being or happiness), and iii. Success. (3 points) 6.b.There are many “paradoxes of mindfulness”. Mention one of these paradoxes and briefly explain why it is only an apparent—and not an actual—paradox. (2 points.)



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Peer-graded Assignment: Final Exam (Part 2) Submit by Feb 9, 11:59 PM PST Important Information It is especially important to submit this assignment before the deadline, Feb 9, 11:59 PM PST, because it must be graded by others. If you submit late, there may not be enough classmates around to review your work. This makes it difficult - and in some cases, impossible - to produce a grade. Submit on time to avoid these risks. InstructionsMy submission Discussions

This is the short essay part of the final exam and will be peer-graded. This part has 6 questions. Each question is worth 5 points, 2.5% of the final grade. Review criteria less  Please review at least 3 submissions Assignment less  This (short-essay) part of the final exam will test your memory for, and understanding of, various important concepts discussed in the video lectures. Note that there are 6 questions and each question has two parts: part a and part b. Each question is worth 2.5%, so the total for this (short essay) part is 15 points. 1. a. A big reason why many of us commit the fundamental happiness paradox is because we harbor negative misconceptions about happiness. Mention at least two such negative misconceptions and provide some support for why they aren't valid. That is, refer to at least one research finding (you don't need to cite the paper) that indicates that the negative misconception is invalid. (3 point.) 1. b. Viktor Frankl, the gentleman who wrote, Man's search for meaning, is reputed to have said, “Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue…” Frankl's quote suggests that it's better not to pursue happiness. Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with Frankl's statement and justify your position by referring to relevant findings. (2 points.) 2. a. In Week 2 of the course, 3 characteristics of flow were discussed. Mention two of the three and, using an example (e.g., game of Tennis), describe one of these two features. (3 points.) 2. b. A remarkable feature of flow is that almost everyone has experienced it. Another remarkable feature is that it can be experienced so long as a simple condition is met. What is that condition? Be specific. (2 points.) 3.a. The Dalai Lama is supposed to have said, “If you want to make others happy, be compassionate. If you want to be happy yourself, be compassionate.” Would you agree with this statement? In answering this question, please refer to at least two of the many findings we discussed on the impact that being kind and compassionate has on happiness. (3 points.) 3.b. Consider this statement: Givers are always more successful than takers or matchers. Do you agree with the statement? Justify your answer by referring to relevant findings. (2 points) 4.a.We discussed several reasons why seeking to control others and outcomes lowers happiness levels. Mention at least three reasons and elaborate on them. (3 points) 4.b.“Internal and external control are compensatory forces.” What does this statement mean and do you agree with it? Justify your answer by referring to relevant studies/findings that show that internal and external control are compensatory in nature (or not). (2 points.) 5.a.What do findings by John Helliwell and his co-authors reveal about the relationship between trust and happiness of countries? The “wallet drop” study conducted by The Toronto Star reveals an interesting fact about trust. Mention this interesting fact and then, based on this fact, draw an implication for “exercising smart trust.” (2 points.) 5.b.What's the difference among “obsessive pursuit of passion,” “indifferent pursuit of passion” and “dispassionate pursuit of passion” when it comes to how outcomes are judged? In which category do most of us fall? Finally, why is indifferent pursuit of passion not possible? (3 points.) 6.a.In Week 6 of the course, we discussed the many positive consequences of practicing mindfulness. Mention at least three such benefits—one in each of the following three categories: i) physical health, ii) mental health (well-being or happiness), and iii. Success. (3 points) 6.b.There are many “paradoxes of mindfulness”. Mention one of these paradoxes and briefly explain why it is only an apparent—and not an actual—paradox. (2 points.)


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