Why should happiness be taught?

Why should happiness be taught?

„Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being…” – defined the World Health Organisation health in 1948.

These days more and more parents and institutions realise the importance and main role of wellbeing in children’s education.

Learning happiness is necessary as the number of depressed and stressed children keep increasing worldwide. By the prognosis on depression by WHO warns us, that by 2020 depression will be one of the major causes of world disability.

Therefore, it is vital to teach happiness and wellbeing at schools, to protect the mental health of our future generation. Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology, names three reasons for teaching happiness: antidote to depression, increasing life satisfaction and aid to better learning and more creative thinking.

Happiness can be learnt through the methods of positive psychology and positive pedagogy worldwide. It has been proven, that wellbeing, positive emotions and engagement can be taught to schoolchildren.

Based on the research of positive psychology, happiness has many benefits: enhances motivation and academic achievement. Several research have also proven, that happy people live longer, have better problem-solving skills and are more successful in life. They are much more creative, helpful and can concentrate better on particular activities.

By teaching happiness we can teach children to discover and build strengths and to boost their optimism. They will be given essential tools and practical techniques to deal with pressure, build strong realationships and to be calmer.

Learning happiness is important, possible and beneficial!


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