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Miss Barbara's Happiness Project

Popularity 2Viewed 5783 times 2014-5-11 23:22 |System category:News| Happiness, original

Okay, guys, I have to admit that this is not my original idea.  The Happiness Project I recently read about is written by a much admired blogger, Mary Anne, who writes "A Totally Impractical Guide to Living in Shanghai." It's a great blog. She's in London now, with a new baby, but I wouldn't be surprised to see her back in China sometime soon. Anyhow, back to my own happiness project.

As some of you know, I will probably be leaving China in late June or early July. This is something that has the power to make me feel quite sad, so, after being inspired by the aforementioned Mary Anne, I have decided to try to find one thing every day that makes me happy. It doesn't have to be a big thing, but it has to be something, anything, that will take the sorrow away and make me feel better about here and now.

Today, there were several things that made me happy. The first one was my class. We acted out some scenes from "Harry Potter." My students must perform some scenes with gan qing (Feeling!) and also proper emphasis, body language, and pronunciation. It goes something like this... I will play a scene from the movie, then call on a student to act that scene. They must do it without any errors. Sometimes, we use subtitles and sometimes it is by listening and repeating only. It is really fun. If they get it right, we move on and watch some more of the movie, if they make a mistake, it is the next kid's turn. The same thing with reading dialogues from our oh so boring textbook. It makes it a little more fun and interesting, and we all enjoy it.

The second thing that made me happy was going out and walking around our beautiful town. My right hand, Susan, and I went out for dinner (we usually eat at home) and then just strolling around our beautiful town, going in and out of shops and just hanging out. It was relaxing and fun. So, yeah, these small things did bring happiness. 

I guess we just have to be conscious of the little things that make up happiness, whether it is shared laughter, good food, or eye candy on the street. So went my first day of this happiness project. 

Photo by Susan 2014



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Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2014-5-12 10:45
Wow! Great idea! You are already ahead and you banked a happiness for tomorrow!  

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    Sad that you are returning to the USA. I moved here fulltime in 2012 after spending 3 months of ever year from 2001. China is my chosen home for the rest of my life since I retired in 2012. Safe,beautiful people, friendly,helpful,kind,polite and I love China. Of course I love my Chinese wife,her friends,family and my students make my life beautiful here. Thanks for all you did while in China.I know your students love you and will miss you.

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    Well said.Good job.

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