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Supplement to The Happiness Hypothesis

This archived Supplement to The Happiness Hypothesis helps individuals read a text on an unfamiliar topic and internalize relevant themes from the novel. The Vanderbilt University English Language Center (ELC) created this supplement as part of our mission to address the professional, academic, and practical language needs of students who have a first language other than English. Our supplement includes:

  • reading strategies for building background knowledge, previewing the text, skimming the text, and scanning the text
  • a content overview that organizes chapters into sections with summaries to break down the author’s arguments
  • a guide to recognizing organizational elements that explores skills for reading accuracy and comprehension, including sections about argumentative structure, coherence, metaphors, and author voice
  • the final happiness hypothesis, which helps you apply the advice found in the book to your own life


The ELC’s Supplement to The Happiness Hypothesis resource is available for download as an individual document. Please note that this is an archived version of an older supplement and it may contain links or resources that are no longer available.