Towards a psychologically well placed happy and healthy society…
It is the need of the hour to adopt a focused approach and integrate the concept of happiness in the school curriculum as with this, we shall be looking at not only creating happy students but a psychologically well placed happy and healthy society.
Happiness is a very relative term which varies from person to person and in absolutely no way, is it anywhere aligned to success or one’s professional status in life. Educational institutions, therefore, assume an extremely important role to essay in this context.
What education institutions can do?
In today’s scenario, when the youth sees everyone engrossed in their materialistic pursuits, we need to train their minds to look beyond materialism, we need to empower them with skills that enable them to achieve happiness in life and not merely run after success. An educational institution has to have clear-cut objective of churning out happy souls and not just successful ones.
We need to teach them the value and beauty of emotions and relations and need to encourage them to develop strong bonds with other humans – their friends, colleagues or family; as according to me, at the end of the day, it is not how much is your bank balance that matters but the number of people who have touched your lives or whose lives you have touched.
What is psycholgical well-being?
The term ‘Psychological well-being’ translates to six major attributes:
- Acceptance by teachers
- Purpose in life
- l Personal growth
- Positive relationships
So, we need to engrain and incorporate the skills in our curriculum requisite.
What schools can do for psychological well-being of their students?
First and foremost, we as educators, need to accept that each student is unique in his or her own way with a very special set of qualities. And once the teacher accepts this, he/she with his/her attitude, can transfer the same to the student so that each individual realizes the uniqueness of his/her special characteristics and is able to have a realistic view of their abilities. This acceptance helps the individual set up their goals in life and carve out a well-crafted purpose of their life. With their aim in life well defined, we need to train them to work realistically towards achieving their aim and monitor their personal growth. And throughout this process, what is of utmost importance and what enables them to hold strong ground, is the strength of their personal relationships.
How time management is important in being happy?
It’s not only the children who need to learn the art of time management, but even most of the grown-ups. In fact highly placed professionals feel helpless, harassed and restless, as they are unable to manage their time appropriately. This is majorly because right from their formative years, they have never been exposed to any time management regime, they have never heard the word priority so when they are grown-ups, the whole idea of prioritizing their jobs in order to manage their time is alien to them.
If we, as school level educators, are able to teach our students the art and value of prioritizing our works and effective time management techniques, we shall not only be enabling them to increase their success quotient but more importantly their happiness index.
How to be happy among different cultures and economics?
Cultural diversity and economic diversity are inherent to our Indian societal set-up and we indeed celebrate this unique facet, by developing the value of tolerance, respect for others’ culture and peaceful co-existence. With these values intact, the diversity in classrooms can assume a very positive character not only to shape out better individuals but also a well-balanced, loving and tolerant society.
What is the importance of integrating happiness in national curriculum framework?
It actually is the need of the hour that the National Curriculum framework adopt a focused approach to integrate the concept of happiness in the school curriculum as with this, we shall be looking at not only creating happy students but a psychologically well placed happy and healthy society.
Urvashi Kakkar is presently serving as Principal, Gurukul Global School, Chandigarh. She is a highly qualified and goal oriented individual with impressive communication skills. She has also worked as a Primary Teacher in Vidya Bharti School, New Delhi and as Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) in Bhavan Vidyalaya.