Happitude

Started in Portland, Maine

Eighth grade students at King Middle School in Portland, Maine kicked off their spring expedition entitled Happitude on Monday, April 1st. Expeditions are a component of the Expeditionary Learning model which integrates all content areas through an in-depth study of one major topic or issue. King is a public school that serves roughly 500 students from diverse backgrounds in the heart of Portland.

The purpose of Happitude is to explore the idea of real and lasting happiness that remains with us no matter the circumstances and conditions. By Paying it Forward, students will begin to discover answers for the expedition*s two guiding questions: What is happiness? and What brings lasting happiness? In addition, students will research happiness in each class. In science, students will study the crucial chemicals in the brain connected to happiness; in English, students will analyze specific countries to see what indicators impact the overall well-being and happiness of populations; in social studies, students will study *golden eras* to determine the factors that have changed people*s views of happiness; in math, students will create and conduct surveys in order to compile data on the overall happiness of various populations; and in world cultures, students will examine how food impacts a person*s level of happiness.

By wearing the bracelets and Paying it Forward, students will discover the role empathy and compassion play in the continuous cycle of happiness. Please share your views and visions of compassion in action by leaving a comment about an act of kindness you received or offered. How does this act contribute to your own happiness? How does it contribute to the happiness of others?

4 Responses to Happitude

  • A Pay It Forward Fan... says:

    These kids amaze me everyday and I get the privilege of seeing their happiness M-F. This is what makes me happy. Seeing them grow and learn. Watching them create memories together and being a part of that happening. I wear my bracelet proudly and look forward to finding that someone who will wear it next. Happiness truly comes in all forms imaginable and looks different for every individual. The key is finding it. Thanks for contributing to my happiness the past 3 years. Oh….and thanks for the cookie, it was delicious!!

    Ellen
    Portland, Maine

  • A Pay It Forward Fan... says:

    This morning, I was pleasantly surprised by a wonderful group of 8th graders from King Middle School. It is always nice to be appreciated and thanked for the work that we do. The flowers and warm chocolate chip cookie made it extra special. Thank you for what you are doing! I plan to follow your example and do an act of kindness and pass on my green bracelet. The cookie was great! 🙂

    Terry
    Portland, Maine

  • A Pay It Forward Fan... says:

    A terrific group of students stopped by our office today with flowers, cookies, and pizza coupons. It was such a treat to see these students and be part of a wonderful project! We were all cheered by their thoughtfulness.

    Kimberly
    Portland, Maine

  • A Pay It Forward Fan... says:

    Thank you King Middle School students for recognizing Goodwill. I am part of a wonderful team. I will pass on your band to another person doing good. When we work together, we can accomplish great things.

    Roxane
    Portland, Maine

 

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