What if happiness isn’t an end? What if it isn’t something to aspire to and build up towards, but a vital component of learning – a starting point? What if, by assuming that success drives happiness and not the other way around, we are reducing our potential for both? There is increasing scientific consensus that cultivating a happy and positive mindset is key to unleashing the power of our brains. Furthermore, there is evidence to show that it can be learned by students like any other skill.
“Happiness depends upon ourselves” – Aristotle
Is it time for schools to put happiness first?
This paper will explore three questions:
(1) Are young people happy in 2016?
(2) Can happiness drive success?
(3) Can happiness be learned?