TED Talk Case

Critically Evaluate What You Saw

  1. Think about your class discussion about stress and happiness.  After watching this TED talk, how would you define the difference between being happy and having meaning in life?
  2.  According to the speaker (and Dr. Martin Seligman), what three things should be included when defining what “meaning” is?
  3. Think back to what you learned about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and how it relates to the four pillars of a meaningful life.  How might homelessness be a threat to our needs beyond the obvious physiological level?
  4. Is there a way for people who are homeless to have a meaningful life?  Consider the four pillars of a meaningful life and answer why or why not.
  5. What pillar(s) of a meaningful life do you feel are missing in your life or still need further work to achieve?


You will receive 2pts for each answer for a total of 10pts.  Questions should have a minimum of 5 sentences to demonstrate a thoughtful answer that addresses all parts of the question.  It is most important to be THOUGHTFUL in your responses.