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Annotated Bibliography Post 5

Part 1:  Book: __The How of Happiness__________  Pages: _0__ to 40 Due Date:  12 Nov

– Here, write a two paragraph (a paragraph being 5-7 sentences) summary or response to your reading

The author started by trying to get to where our point of unhappiness was. She said that what we would most think would make us happy and change our lives, wont. It will only be that way for a short period of time. Like money, it could make us happy, but only for a short time. There were some quizzes in the book that I took that showed me my happiness scale and stuff like that.


Part II:  Write your academic plan for the following week.  Please include:

– Number of pages you plan to read (and it needs to be a good-sized chunk)

I plan on reading to at least page 100.

– A one paragraph (5-7 sentence) statement that answers the following 3 questions:

1.  How is the reading going?  Too easy?  Too difficult?  Somewhere in between?

It’s going pretty well. I think that its actually a pretty easy book to read, just hard to pay attention too. At some parts, it gets boring, but then it gets better.

2.  What does your reading make you want to learn more about?

It makes me want to read more about happiness research and how it affects people. 

3.  Do you have any ideas for a short or long-term project that you’d like to accomplish based on what you’re reading?  Or, can you list one or two other books you’re thinking of reading?

I think that I want to continue reading this book, and put together a book report or something. If I did this, would I be presenting it or just turning it in?

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Annotated Bibliography Post 4

Part 1:  Book: __The gifts of Imperfection__________  Pages: _81__ to _end of book 130__     Due Date:  12 Nov

– Here, write a two paragraph (a paragraph being 5-7 sentences) summary or response to your reading

Going through our brains, the author told me how our brains need other imput besides our own to function correctly. We are afraid that if we use our own opinions and facts, all of the blame will be on us, so we have to find another resource. Not knowing an answer to a complicated question is not that big of a deal, we just make it that way because we need something to blame or rely on. Being yourself counts on every aspect in your life. You shouldnt think about what other people would think about you or what was uncool if you did something that you were enjoying or what was meaninful to you. Never let anyone get in your way.  
 \Part II:  Write your academic plan for the following week.  Please include:

– Number of pages you plan to read (and it needs to be a good-sized chunk)

Since I finished this book, I am putting another book on hold for next tuesday. I plan on reading about 40ish pages.

– A one paragraph (5-7 sentence) statement that answers the following 3 questions:

1.  How is the reading going?  Too easy?  Too difficult?  Somewhere in between?

The reading has been going ok. I am kind of stressed at the moment because I have lots of other assignments going on but it went fine. But at the same time, i felt like I had to rush it to meet the deadline.

2.  What does your reading make you want to learn more about?

At the moment, Im not sure if its really expanding my horizons quite yet (or maybe Im just tired).  It makes me want to read about happyness.

3.  Do you have any ideas for a short or long-term project that you’d like to accomplish based on what you’re reading?  Or, can you list one or two other books you’re thinking of reading?

Im thinking about reading the “How of Happiness”. And for a project, I dont really have anything creative up my sleeve so I was just thinking about reading more and writing a book report or something on what I read.

Book: The Gifts of Imperfection             Pages 24-80                Date Due: Friday, November 5th

Response: I had to read a lot of pages, so I will try my best to summarize all of these pages. The greatest challenge for us, is being worthy right now, this minute, when its ok not to be perfect. We always say that we will be worthy or good enough if we do this or that, but its not about making everyone else happy, is about us making ourselves happy. She talks about love in one of her sections. Everyone needs it to cooperate, behave, be happy, to function. Without it, we fall to the ground and corrupt. We numb. We have pain. Everyone needs at least one source of love. She got invited to an event called the UP experience which is based around the TED talks (Mr. Adams will be very proud). She got to meet famous people and people from the TED videos. The reason why she got invited was to talk about her profession as a shame researcher (funny how she is using it in this book huh?). The lady who was running this event thought that she was a happy, joy researcher, so when the lady heard this, she snapped. Brene (the author) was expected to talk about happiness, which she wasnt too happy about =, but, she had to go out of her way to do it. The meeting ended up going well but she realized that she was leasing the wrong people. She was lying to people to please them and she knew it wasnt right. At one point, she talked about the difference of guilt and shame. She pointed out that guilt is I did something bad but shame is I am bad. She used many examples that related to her own life. She mentioned that when you want to tell someone how you feel, never be too informative and dont make peole feel uncomfortable, but get to your point so they will understand. One of the last things she said was to always make room for yourself in your day. In other words, always review your day and look over the things that you have done fo yourself or the good things that you have done for other people.

This book was really fun to read for the next 30 pages or so but then, honestly, it got really boring. I kind of didnt like this for a while, but now Im back on track, and liking it again.  

My homework was to read to page 80 or 100 in my book. And I read to 80 so I would say that Im on track.