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(Updated on 20/03/2013)

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Vocabulary :


  • Happiness (Wikipedia)
    1 Philosophical views
    2 Psychological views
    2.1 Positive psychology
    3 Mechanistic view
    3.1 Biological basis
    3.2 Difficulties in defining internal experiences
    3.3 In non-human animals
    3.4 In humans
    3.5 In AI (Artificial intelligence)
    4 Behaviors and emotions associated with happiness
    5 See also
    6 External links


Facts :

  • Finland Named World’s Happiest Country - Text + Audio - 14 March 2018
    "For the first time, the report also measured 117 countries by the happiness and well-being of their foreign-born immigrants.
    Finland placed first in that group, as well. The study found that countries measured higher in overall happiness had similarly happy immigrant populations."


  • Norway First on List of Happiest Countries - Text + Audio + Video - 21 March 2017
    "Norwegians are the happiest people on earth, according to the 2017 World Happiness Report."

  • Switzerland is 'world's happiest' country in new poll - 24 April 2015
    "Switzerland topped the third annual World Happiness index produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN),
    an initiative under the United Nations.
    It was closely followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada.
    Togo, Burundi, Benin and Rwanda, with civil-war wracked Syria, were least happy..."

  • The 10 secrets to a happy life
    "Action for Happiness, a mass movement to improve people's wellbeing, claims there are 10 key steps to achieving contentment in life."



  • The top 13 French wishes for a happier life + a worksheet



  • The secret of Vanuatu's happiness
    "The South Pacific country of Vanuatu has been voted the happiest place in the world so what makes its inhabitants such a happy lot?...
    They have no electricity or running water, no radio or television, and their only mode of transport is a rowing boat...
    On top of that, they have little money and few opportunities to make any..."


    Country profile: Vanuatu


Quotations, Idioms and Proverbs :


  • "Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length." Robert Frost

  • "Whoever said money can't buy HAPPINESS didn't know where to shop." Gittel Hudnick


Listening :

  • Happiness - how do we find happiness in these hard times?
    "Britain is less happy than in the 1950s despite the fact that we are three times richer. So what exactly makes us happy? A new car, an expensive holiday or simply spending time with friends and family?
    Join Rebecca and Kate as they discuss what makes them feel cheerful as well as hear from some experts about where we can find true happiness."

    - with the script


  • Happiness - AUDIO with script (BBC)
    What makes you happy - or unhappy? Is it true that money brings you happiness?


INTERACTIVE exercises :

  • Les états, les adjectifs ("hungry, sad, happy, tired"...) - exercices - (Hervé Humbert)



Exercises TO PRINT :

  • The top 13 French wishes for a happier life + a worksheet



Lesson plans :

  • E.L.L. Practice + Prompt | The Art and Science of Happiness by Larry Ferlazzo - a lesson plan

  • Be Happy - a lesson plan
    "This lesson plan is designed around a short video which was inspired
    by Be Happy: A Little Book to Help You Live a Happy Life by Monica Sheehan.
    Students speak and write about happiness, and watch a short video.

    Language level: Pre-intermediate (A2) - Intermediate (B1)
    Learner type: All ages
    Time: 60 minutes
    Activity: Speaking, writing and watching a short video
    Topic: Happiness and being happy
    Language: Gerund as subject of sentence and imperatives

  • Smile - a lesson plan - with a video
    Language level: Intermediate (B1) +
    Learner type:Matureteens;Adults
    Time: 90 minutes
    Activity: Listening; speaking; reading
    Topic: Smiling; optimism
    Language: Optimistic vocabulary and expressions
    Materials: 2 short films and TED video,video transcripts; PowerPoint presentation
    + Downloable materials

    School Portrait (2011) from Michael Berliner on Vimeo.

  • Australians happiest people in the world (Breaking News English)
    - a lesson plan with "a news article, listening (MP3 file), communication activities,
    pair work, discussion, reading and vocabulary exercises."
  • Happy and Sad - a vocabulary and idiom lesson (
    "The aim is to highlight the metaphorical meanings of several words and phrases related to the emotions of happiness and sadness.
    The emphasis is on meaning, with an activity to incorporate these expressions into use."
    + Teacher's Notes


Songs :


  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Man On Fire
    The lyrics are below the video on YouTube.
    "I'm a man on fire
    Walking through your street
    With one guitar
    And two dancing feet
    Only one desire
    That's left in me
    I want the whole damn world
    To come dance with me..."



  • Bastian Baker - Lucky (YouTube) + LYRICS (
    "Lucky I’m lucky and I hope I’ll always be
    Lucky all my life so nobody
    Will ever need to worry about me
    I’m living free..."


  • The Jive Aces present: Bring Me Sunshine (YouTube)
    + LYRICS
    "Bring me Sunshine, in your smile,
    Bring me Laughter, all the while,
    In this world where we live, there should be more happiness,
    So much joy you can give, to each brand new bright tomorrow..."



  • LIKE A HOBO by Charlie Winston :

    • Charlie Winston- Like a hobo (YouTube) - UPDATED

    • Like a Hobo, Charlie Winston - a worksheet
    • Like a hobo (animation) - sung by Charlie Winston (YouTube)

      n. , pl. -boes or -bos . = "One who wanders from place to place
      without a permanent home or a means of livelihood."


      - the lyrics :
      "I’ve always known
      Since I was a young boy
      In this world, everything’s as good as bad
      Now my father told me always speak a true word...
      The less I have the more I am a happy man...
      Like a hobo from a broken home
      Nothing’s gonna stop me"

      + the video (

  • Happiness sung by Al Jarreau - with the lyrics


  • A Winter's Tale by Queen :
    "It's unbelievable
    Sends me reeling...
    Am I dreaming...?
    Oooh - it's bliss"
  • Happiness by UB 40 :
    "Happiness is seeing all the stars in your eyes
    Happiness is knowing you are loved"

  • Make Me Happy by Christina Aguilera (
  • My Happiness by Elvis Presley (
    "Every day I reminesce
    Dreaming of your tender kiss
    Always thinking how I miss
    My happiness"

  • Seasons In The Sun by Westlife :
    "We had joy we had fun we had seasons in the sun"
  • Something Beautiful by Robbie Williams :
    "If you're lost, hurt, tired or lonely
    Can't control it try as you might
    May you find that love never leave you
    May you find it by the end of the day
    You WON'T be lost, hurt, tired or lonely
    Something beautiful will come your way"

Photos :



Cartoons :




Stories :

  • Paul's Case by Willa Cather, Part One - Text + Audio + Video + Quiz
    "WiIla Cather was a Pulitzer prize-winning American author.
    Her short story, 'Paul's Case,' tells about a young man who does not feel he belongs in his home town.
    He wants to leave his high school and enjoy the finer things in life."


    Paul's Case - Video with the text

  • Paul's Case by Willa Cather, Part Two - Text + Audio + Video + Quiz
    "Paul was a student with a lot of problems. He hated school. In the conclusion to the short story, Paul's Case,
    we learn about the fate of the young man who didn't like living in an industrial town.
    What happens when he runs away to New York City?"


    Paul's Case by Willa Cather, Part Two - Video with the text



Videos :




  • Snow Globes - Coca-Cola 2010 Christmas Commercial  - UPDATED
    "The long version of Coca-Cola's 2010 Holiday commercial featuring Train's "Shake Up Christmas"."


    + the LYRICS :
    "Shake up the happiness 
    Wake it up/ Wake up the happiness 
    Come on y'all 
    It's Christmas time"