Ten Great Ideas: Happy

Why don't we teach about how to be happy in life? "Hackschooling makes me happy". A kid who has been homeschooled talks of his experience. YouTube
Success at School vs. Success in Life link "[Schools] suggest that the most important things are already known; that what is is all that could be."
From thebookoflife.org
     
It's time to teach our kids happiness, says psychologist Report in the Irish Independent, 09/10/2014
Why we need to teach Happiness Link The strongest predictor of a satisfying adult life was the child’s emotional health. Next came social behaviour, and least important was academic achievement. From blogs.lse.ac.uk
World Happiness Report 2015 Link The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness.
World Happiness Index Countries of the world, coloured by happiness. From @Amazing_Maps
     
The Science of Happiness    
What is 'success'? Link

We often think of being a success primarily in status and financial terms. But is this correct?
YouTube. 2 mins. From The School of Life

The 5 Happiest Countries And What Makes Them So Happy Link From spring.org.uk

The surprising science of happiness
Via Dan Gilbert on TEDx

YouTube.
Dan Gilbert, 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.
The surprising science of happiness
Via Nancy Etcoff on TED-Ed
YouTube. Cognitive researcher Nancy Etcoff looks at happiness -- the ways we try to achieve and increase it, the way it's untethered to our real circumstances, and its surprising effect on our bodies.

The surprising science of happiness
Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

YouTube. Via TED. 12 mins
We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from TEDxBloomington, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.
The secret to happiness:
Flow.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi:

YouTube. Via TED. 20 mins
"What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow."

     
My philosophy for a happy life: Sam Berns at TEDx YouTube. 13 mins. Sam was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare, rapid aging disease, at the age of 2.

Want to be happy? Stay in the moment.
Why mind-wandering can act against happiness

YouTube. 10 mins. Matt Killingsworth on TED
Here Are 7 Things That Will Make You Happier in 7 Seconds Link From time.com
10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy So why don't we base our lifestyles around these ideas? Includes a nice poster summarising the ideas.
From yesmagazine.org
Happiness: 8 Awesome New Facts You Should Know Link Compiled by spring.org
The habits of happiness Link Buddhist monk, photographer and author Matthieu Ricard has devoted his life to these questions, and his answer is influenced by his faith as well as by his scientific turn of mind. YouTube. Via TED. 20 mins
Three things you think will make you happier at work (but won't) Link When we get what we want we’re still miserable – so what common mistakes do we all make in our search for career contentment?
From theguardian.com. Spoiler alert: More money, more holidays, promotion will not (necessarily) increase happiness.
     
Gratitude    

Begin class every day by practicing gratitude for one minute

Happiness - An Experiment in Gratitude YouTube. 7 mins. Researchers make volunteers phone up somebody out to the blue to say thanks. Would make an interesting class activity also.
Three recent studies supporting the use of gratitude in improving mood Includes instructions to start with a 2 minute exercise – start now! Compiled by spring.org.uk
"Gratitude isn’t merely about reward.
It involves morality, connecting with others, and taking their perspective."
Link Blogppost from Nov 2015 on recent research in this area. From inside-the-brain.com
Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude. Link Close your eyes and listen. YouTube. 10 mins.
Practicing Gratitude Can Increase Happiness by 25% Compiled by spring.org
10 Ways Gratitude Can Change Your Life & 4 Step Gratitude Plan Link From spring.org.uk

“It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It’s gratefulness that makes us happy.

Link Blogpost from Pragmatic Education; this school has embedded practicing into their daily school lives.
A grateful heart is a healty heart Link From psypost.org
And Joe said, “I’ve got something he can never have.”
And I said, “What on earth could that be, Joe?”
And Joe said, “The knowledge that I’ve got enough.”
Kurt Vonnegut on the Secret of Happiness: An Homage to Joseph Heller’s Wisdom. From brainpickings.org
Why You Should Treasure The Mundane Moments in Life Includes a reference for another potentially very interesting classroom activity. From spring.org.uk
     
Wonder and Awe    
Being in Awe Can Expand Time and Enhance Well-Being

From psychologicalscience.org.
So why do we neglect it in Education?

Why the sense of wonder has such a wonderfully protective effert on mind and body. “Awe is associated with curiosity and a desire to explore, suggesting antithetical behavioral responses to those found during inflammation, where individuals typically withdraw from others in their environment.”
From spring.org.uk
     
Happiness in work    
How to find happiness through work Three M's: Mastery, Meaning and Membership. Blog from Harvord Business Review
Or if you're an introvert, find a job that forces you to act as an extrovert Like teaching. Always maintained we were actors on a stage.
From spring.org.uk
     
Why beauty does not lead to happiness Link

Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16 years old.
YouTube. Via TED. 10 mins

     
Volunteering brings happiness    
Why do some people go out of their way to help others? Link YouTube. 3 mins. Try not to cry.
     
Money and Happiness    
47 segundos de sabiduría de José "Pepe" Mujica Link From the President of Uruguay. YouTube. 1 min
Michael Norton: How to buy happiness YouTube. Via TED. 11 mins
Norton shares fascinating research on how money can, indeed buy happiness -- when you don't spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other people.
For Happiness, Does Money Beat Respect? You know the answer. From PsyBlog
Income vs happiness in the USA Graph courtesy of twitter. Money does not equal happiness
The Economic Case Against Winning a $500 Million Lottery (Seriously)
So you didn't win the lottery? That's fantastic news, says behavioral economics. From theatlantic.com
Bummer: Winning the Lottery Isn't Necessarily a Ticket to Happiness Link From nbcnews.com
Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy Link From theatlantic.com
The Easterlin Paradox Link From wikipedia. Worth reading. The Easterlin Paradox is a key concept in happiness economics.
     
Why Quitting Facebook For One Week increases happiness Link Intersting reading. From spring.org.uk
The secret to a happy life - courtesy of Tolstoy

We can learn a lot about the art of living from Tolstoy's War and Peace. But we can also learn from the life of the master novelist himself.
It's the same ideas which crop up again and again. From BBC.com. Text-based