"Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony"
KIIT World School, Sohna Road, Gurugram conducted a workshop on 'Happiness Curriculum' on January10, 2020 and the objective of workshop was to teach the educators with an updated concept that is the need of the hour. The workshop was conducted by Dr. Rajesh Kumar, chairperson of committee Happiness Curriculum (SCERT & Directorate of education, Delhi). The “Happiness Curriculum” is focused towards helping children to manage their life in more effective way. Dr. Rajesh started the interaction with the educators, how in todays fast paced world, we struggle hard to achieve the best of everything but the element of happiness remains missing. However, if one learns to be happy with oneself, stress levels reduce automatically and one develops a deeper insight not only of themselves, but also of others. Consequently, a happy being with deeper insight tends to have greater inclination for self-discovery and lower self-deception. He demonstrated the need of mindfulness activities, stories and self realisation to develop social awareness & human values in learners to engage in meaningful contribution in society. An excellent video clip has shown to the educators to approach happiness practices. The Curriculum utilizes a model called the Triad of Happiness as a foundation for its objectives and syllabus. This model presents three iterations of happiness as strata:- through the senses(Momentary Happiness), Harmony in feelings (Deeper Happiness), Goal or clarity based (Sustainable Happiness). He also stated that Sustainable happiness when one achieves ones goals, his clarity of thought, deeper understanding of self, being able to focus, being mindful, being aware of oneself, finding, cause, purpose and interconnection in our living. Moreover he even said that a child needs to build an understanding of such values through stories, case studies and activities. Thats why the Happiness Curriculum is not a theory-based form of learning. Children need to spend around 45 minutes every day in attending Happiness Classes, as this curriculum comprises of exercises such as storytelling, meditation and question and answer sessions.
The Happiness Curriculum is focused on activity-based learning, value education and mental exercises has 20 stories and 40 activities for students of classes 6-8. One such activity is titled Gratitude Wall and is aimed at making students understand the importance of thanking others. Under this activity, Dr. Rajesh asked the educators to express gratitude to people who have helped them in some way. All the educators were very delighted and energized post attending the session and took a pledge to implement all the above mentioned things in the classroom.