Prompt: What can be added?

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Use this quote from The Theory of Moral Sentiments to start a discussion with your class about happiness, needs, wants, and gratitude.
“Bellringers” are classroom tools that help set the tone or introduce a topic in the classroom. Adam Smith Works bellringers use quotations from and activities based on the work of Adam Smith, allowing you to illustrate the long history of the ideas you will explore in your classroom by grounding them in great books. 

Adam Smith Works Prompts are short quotations that you can discuss with your students to set the tone for your lesson. They cover topics from economics to history to moral philosophy. 

Bellringers are presented as slides ready to pull and use in your classroom. On each slide you can find speaking notes and links to more information. 
  • Click the hyperlinked quotation (for example, look for something like (WN 1.ii.2) to see the quotation in the context of the full text. 
  • Where available, click "Click here for more about this quotation" to visit a short article about the passage in question. 
  • Speaking notes suggest topics for discussion when using each quotation.  
“What can be added to the happiness of the man who is in health, who is out of debt, and has a clear conscience?” (TMS I.iii.1.7)

Do your students think there’s more to happiness than this? Do they believe that these are all that’s needed for happiness, or that something is missing? 
Does this influence how they think about gratitude? If not, why not? If it does, how? 

See the quotation in context as part of the full online text of Theory of Moral Sentiments here (link will take you to the paragraph in which the quotation can be found).