Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Despicable Me 2: Happiness

Despicable Me 2 is one rare case of a sequel that is as good as or even better than the first one. I love Gru, his contradictory personality, and the little girls, especially Agnes. The topic of this post - Happiness -  was a suggestion I received from a reader of this blog. The song Happy by Pharrell Williams and this scene are perfect to trigger schemata. Thanks for the suggestion. 



I. Talk to a partner:

1. What is happiness in your own words?

2. Tell each other five things that make you happy.

3. Tell each other three things that make you unhappy.

4. Many people say that no one is really happy. They claim that people have moments of happiness in their lives, but that no one is really happy. What do you think about this idea?


According to Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, here is the definition of happiness:

a state of well-being and contentment
a pleasurable or satisfying experience  


        
5.  Did you define happiness (Ex: 1) the same way as the dictionary did? How different or similar are yours and the dictionary's definition?

6. Read some other people's definition of happiness. Then decide if you agree with them and why (not).

Quotes taken from http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/2008/07/03/what-is-happiness-10-definitions-of-happiness/

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.Mahatma Gandhi
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.Ayn Rand
Happiness is something that you are and it comes from the way you think.Wayne Dyer
Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.William H. Sheldon
Happiness is not a reward – it is a consequence.Robert Ingersoll
Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.George Sheehan
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.Aristotle
Happiness is not something you experience, it’s something you remember.Oscar Levant
Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
Margaret Lee Runbeck
Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.Denis Waitley
II. Watch the movie segment and answer the questions:

video


1. Why was Gru so happy?

2. What are some of the things that make him happy?

3. How does his happiness affect the people around him?

4. Was he truly happy or was it just pleasure? Or both? Or neither?

5. Agnes asked Gru what he could do to help himself. What should he do?

6. Have you ever felt like Gru? Talk about it.

7. What are some of the things that make both Gru and yourself happy?

8. How can people look for happiness? What do you do to be happy?

III. Sing the movie's song:


It might seem crazy what I'm about to say
Sunshine she's here, you can take away
I'm a hot air balloon, I could go to space
With the air, like I don't care baby by the way

Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do

Here come bad news talking this and that
Yeah, give me all you got, don't hold back
Yeah, well I should probably warn you I'll be just fine
Yeah, no offense to you don't waste your time
Here's why

Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do

Happy, bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
Love is too happy to bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
I said bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
Love is too happy to bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
I said

Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do

Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do

Happy, bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
Love is too happy to bring me down
Can't nothing, bring me down
I said 

Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do

Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do


MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - DESPICABLE ME 2

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