Happiness/Health

Here are some challenges you might try to promote your HEALTH and HAPPINESS, or maybe you want to promote the health and happiness of others! To learn more, take a look below to see if there is a challenge that intrigues or inspires you... and for more information about writing up your blog post, see the extra credit challenges page.

Learn about health and happiness. Read about health and happiness (or watch a video) and share your thoughts in a blog. I've bookmarked some good resources here: Health Resources and Happiness Resources. Feel free to repeat this challenge as many times as you want... there are so many good resources to learn from online. Just to take one example, here is a PBS Braincraft video: The Amazing Effects of Gratitude.



Share a resource. Do you have a video or online article about happiness and/or health that you would like to recommend? That would be great! Write up a post about the resource and why you like it (if it's a video, include the video in your post; here's how), and then I'll add it to the class resources.


OU Mental Health. Some of you may have seen the powerful series of videos that the OU Daily ran last semester to help destigmatize mental illness. One of the students who made a video is Cooper Lund, who was in Myth-Folklore last year, and there is also a TEDxOU video on this same topic by Jake Morgan who took Myth-Folklore two years ago. Take a look at some of the videos in this series, and share your thoughts. Here is Cooper's video:



Try the Happiness Jar. The Happiness Jar is a great experiment which you can do with pieces of paper or blog posts or tweets or on a marker board, anything goes! Try it for a week and see how you feel, and then write about the results of the experiment in a blog post. If you want to try the whole experiment as a blog post, create a post on Day 1, and then update the post every day, adding a new sentence to the post every day until a week has gone by. Or do a separate post for each day if you want — there are all kinds of ways to fill a "Happiness Jar," physical or digital, so you can experiment with this to see what works best for you.



Share your Health and/or Happiness tip(s). I'm guessing pretty much everybody has some healthy habit(s) or happiness strategy that really works well for you, so figure out what your best time tip(s) are and then write that up in a blog post. Maybe other students in class can benefit from a strategy you are using!


Find a favorite health/happiness meme. I've got some health and happiness memes, quotes, and cartoons here at this blog, so you can browse around and see if you find one that really grabs you, and then write a blog post with the item and your thoughts about it. Or maybe you have some memes or quotes or cartoons about health or about happiness that you have saved and can share in a blog post: that would be great! To do the challenge, find your favorite(s) either here at the blog or on the Internet, and then share that in a blog post at your blog, with your thoughts and comments.


Make a Health or Happiness meme. Maybe you know some powerful inspirational words about health or about happiness. If you do, then make a meme to share those words. There are lots of meme makers and quote makers you can use; for example, I used Automotivator for this famous English proverb about being "healthy, wealthy, and wise," and I published it in a blog post. So, using whatever tool you prefer (Automotivator, Cheezburger, Canva etc.), create your own meme about time and share what you create at your blog, along with your thoughts and comments.


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