Summer Post #12: Know Your Emotion

Just an amusing poster I found on Tumblr that I thought relate to some of your Language presentations, as well as the Emotion unit. What is the artist really trying to say about society?


*by the way, this artist sells each face for $200 – see HERE


Emotion Exploration #2: Happiness, Regret, and Despair

Do you ever wonder what your “Emotional Intelligence” is? Some scientists believe your “E.Q.” is more important to your success in life than your “I.Q.”.

Take the TEST here:




Dan Gilbert on TED: “Why are we Happy? Why Aren’t We Happy?”


BIG THINK ARTICLE: How Too Much Happiness Makes You Unhappy

Washington Post ARTICLE: Too Much Happiness Makes You Unhappy

7 Must-Read Books in Happiness (Plus more TED talks!)


Michael Norton on TED: “How to Buy Happiness”



Conversations about this talk at



TED ED LESSON (includes TED talk with quiz and other Thinking Questions)- Nancy Etcoff on the Surprising Science of Happiness:

Take the Happiness Survey HERE

or the OXFORD Happiness Survey HERE

or for more fun, use your iPhone for this:

ARTICLE: Is there a Mathematics to Happiness?

GALLERY: The World’s 15 Happiest Countries

ARTICLE: Why would the government want to know if we are happy? Why did our founding fathers consider “pursuit of happiness” so important? 



ARTICLE: Does regret make you more humane?

ARTICLE: Quick Decisions Create Regret

Here is the exquisite, legendary Edith Piaf sing “No, I regret Nothing” (with English subs)


ARTICLE: Why is regret a “moral” emotion?


TED TALK with Kathryn Schulz: Don’t Regret Regret (yes, it starts out with Johnny Depp’s shoulder tattoo!)


Conversations regarding this talk (I like the “10 mistakes we all make”)

ARTICLE: TOP 5 Regrets of the DYING


ARTICLE: Pregnant 9/11 Survivors Transmitted Trauma to their Children


ARTICLE: A Broken Heart Could Actually Kill You

ARTICLE: What is “broken heart syndrome”?

then watch this short video: 

ARTICLE: The Grief and Infection Connection

ARTICLE: What’s the Value of Sadness (Happiness- Enough Already!)

“Sadness is a Blessing” by Lykke Li (“Sadness is my boyfriend…”)


We are not the only creatures to experience Grief- check out these elephants…



W.H. Auden’s lovely poem: “Funeral Blues”, as seen in the film “Four Weddings and a Funeral”


And another stunning piece of poetry by Lord Byron


When we two parted
In silence and tears,
Half broken-hearted
To sever for years,
Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
Colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold
Sorrow to this.

The dew of the morning
Sunk chill on my brow—
It felt like the warning
Of what I feel now.
Thy vows are all broken,
And light is thy fame;
I hear thy name spoken,
And share in its shame.

They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear;
A shrudder comes o’er me—
Why wert thou so dear?
They know not I knew thee,
Who knew thee so well—
Long, long I shall rue thee,
Too deeply to tell.

In secret we met—
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive
If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee?—
With silence and tears.

 Lord Byron


Equilibrium: A Dystopia Sans Emotion

What if there were a world that was afraid of human emotion, blaming feelings for all of humanity’s ills, then attempting to anesthetize the population? You’ve seen this theme in dystopian novels such as Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four, and to some extent in the Matrix films. Another film (2002), “Equilibrium”, shows what life would be like if we tried to keep feelings at bay with drugs and destroy all emotional provocations such as art and literature, censoring items for “Emotional Content and branding those who do not comply “Sense Offenders”.


Here is one of the opening scenes (sorry about the Spanish subs):

In this scene Cleric fools the power that be and runs home to check on his Prozium supply, only to discover that his own son has not been taking Prozium since his mother was convicted of being a Sense Offender and subsequently executed. He gets to see “Father” and has his emotions tested…only to be in for a surprise.

One of the final scenes- The “Father” taunts Cleric into questioning his morality now that he can feel. Is killing someone else who can feel really “worth the price”?

Emotion Gallery Project

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QUICK AND DIRTY WIX TUTORIAL (with lots of samples)

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