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date: 26 September 2017

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In this chapter a number of arguments against and for teaching happiness lessons are considered. It is acknowledged that at least some concerns regarding this type of lessons are legitimate and need to be taken into account. This is not to say that we should not have such lesions but that we need to re-evaluate our aims and practices, the most important of which is shifting focus from an end goal to the process. The term Personal Development Education is used to distinguish this approach from others. It is concluded that the specific time designed for pupils and students’ personal development can be immensely beneficial as long as it is about happiness of pursuit rather than the pursuit of happiness.

Keywords: happiness lessons, personal development, criticisms of teaching well-being, whole-school approach, educational aims, personal and social education

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