Topic: Happiness

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Warm-up

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: Happiness. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

on cloud nine A person who is on cloud nine is very happy because something wonderful has happened.
e.g. When the boss announced my promotion, I was on cloud nine.
life is just a bowl of cherries life is pleasant and uncomplicated.
e.g.I feel like ‘life is just a bowl of cherries’. Because just because you’re having the time of your life doesn’t mean you will not have any catch 22 situations.
catch 22 situation A catch 22 situation refers to a frustrating situation where you cannot do one thing without doing a second, and you cannot do the second before doing the first.
e.g.I feel like ‘life is just a bowl of cherries’. Because just because you’re having the time of your life doesn’t mean you will not have any catch 22 situations.
never looked back If you say that you never looked back, you mean that after an event which changed your life for the better, you continue to be happy with the situation.
e.g. Since the day I decided to work from home, I has never looked back. I always feel like I’m on top of the world.
$feel on top of the world If you feel on top of the world, you are extremely happy because everything is going well for you.
e.g. Since the day I decided to work from home, I has never looked back. I always feel like I’m on top of the world.
tickled pickle e.g. I was such a tickled pickle when she said yes that I was about to do whatever floats her boat.
whatever floats someone’s boat Although you don’t quite agree with someone, it’s their choice and you think they should so whatever makes them happy.
e.g. I was such a tickled pinked when she said yes that I was about to do whatever floats her boat.
fool’s paradise If someone is living in a fool’s paradise, they are in a state of contentment that will not last because their happiness is based on illusion or false hope.
e.g. I would rather live in a fool’s paradise than to be Mr. Implacable.
implacable not to be appeased, mollified, or pacified; inexorable
e.g. I would rather live in a fool’s paradise than to be Mr. Implacable.
paint the town red If you paint the town red, you go out and enjoy a lively evening in bars, night-clubs, etc.
e.g. To celebrate the victory, the team’s supporters painted the town red.

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Are you a happy person?
  2. What makes you happy?
  3. When was the happiest moment in your life?
  4. How do you define happiness?
  5. Can we have happiness without sadness?
  6. If money cannot buy happiness, can you ever be truly happy with no money?
  7. Do people have a right to be happy or should they have to earn it?
  8. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
  9. What is true happiness?
  10. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People are never satisfied with what they have; they always want something more or something different. Use specific reasons to support your answer.

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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