This topic is dear to my heart. After reading Carl Roger's "On Becoming a Person" years ago, I really was transformed and saw my classroom differently. I'll be relating this in my speech and how I see teaching as so important - not because it will create the next Albert Einstein but because it may help produce a happy person. And there is a lot we can do to enable this!
Dan Gilbert, Harvard Prof and author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
He talks about the same thing I did - "synthetic happiness" is just as good as the real thing! If we can think we are happy, we will become happy. Watch his experiments.
Daniel Kahneman talks about the cognitive traps that make thinking about happiness difficult (and especially pursuing it). Really interesting and not so much about his discipline "behavioral economics" as about how we can manage our happiness. He talks about the difference between the remembering self and the experiencing self.
Happiness - a wonderful thought poem by Raymond Carver....
What do you think about this? Could we concentrate on Gross School Happiness - GSH instead of marks?
Amazing ethnography and people from many cultures talk about what happiness means to them.
This is a great read! Harvard researchers have identified keys to happiness....