The Truth of Happiness Project:
In this project we were asked to find the meaning of happiness. We watched a ton of videos and read articles to find the meaning of happiness. We did an experience to see if we could make ourselves happier by going on a bike ride or watch the sunset with someone. At the end of the project we made a video to show what we've learned about happiness. This was an interesting project that showed me a lot about what it takes to be happy.
This whole project has shown me what my truth of happiness is and how it affects me. I have found that I value meaning over anything else. I feel that if I don’t have meaning, that thing is useless to me, and it has no point in my life. I need connection and values that are actually meaningful. That is what makes me happy. If I don’t have meaning, than I don't have happiness.
The hardest thing in this project was articulating what I've learned. Answering what is the truth of happiness is a lot harder than you think. It is difficult to put into words the things that make you happy, especially to put them into words that other people can understand. I went through a bunch of different drafts to be able to get to the words that I used to answer the first question.
I feel like I’m a pretty good worker that had a helping hand in making the video. I’m a strong videographer with a lot of experience and it made me happy and proud to be able to bring those skills to my group. I felt like an asset to them, which was really nice.
I would refine my experiment because I feel as though I could’ve put more time into thinking the steps through. That may have led to better results, as well. I think that if I were to do it again, I would create a test with specific questions that would lead to concrete answers, rather than what I did, which was to free associate words for feelings that I had before, during, and after the rides I went on.