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I completed the first session of the Life of Happiness and Fullfilment Course. The excersise that learners were asked to complete in the end of the session was to give their own definition of happiness and what makes them happy in the way they define it. They were then asked to assess their peers. Happiness is subjective. As long as a learner gives a definition and mentions one thing that makes him/her happy he/she will get 10/10 points.
Learners had to assess 4 peers. As I was going through this process I was interested to see how people define happiness. This process impressed me in two different ways. The first one has to do with the technicality of peer assessment and how enriching can be in the learning process when learners’ see other people’s views. The second one is related to the views about happiness per se. Happiness is indeed subjective.
Peer assessment was addictive this time as I ended up assessing 30 peers in the end. A couple of aspects of happiness that I read from other peers and impressed me:
Helping others. Almost half of the peers I assessed feel happy when they help other people.
Having people that increase their happiness levels by helping others gives hope especially during this extremely difficult situation that humanity faces.
Accepting praise for accomplishment and not comparing themselves with others. Just one person had this view.
So when someone achieves a goal he/she becomes happy for himself. He does not need to compare his own achievement with others’ achievements. This view made me recall Ipsative Assessment.
In contemporary society, people need to feel that they are superior to others so that they feel good enough and hence become happy. However, it is important to appreciate our own progress during time and compare ourselves with the way we were performing in the past rather than trying to compete others.
These two points are insightful. 🙂 Happy Mooc-ing