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date: 22 May 2017

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This chapter is grounded in the belief that happiness is an appropriate aim of education, and also a tool for facilitating effective education. It argues that for children and young people, “happiness” will encompass a high level of challenge and ample opportunities to develop as active and ethical citizens. The chapter reviews well-being and happiness in the history of education, discusses the relevance of three kinds of happiness to the classroom, and provides examples of classroom practice that include a focus on happiness or well-being. It describes conditions that support happiness in the classroom, and highlights the importance of focusing on whole-school culture, considering the happiness of staff as well as students, and making space for unhappiness.

Keywords: happiness, well-being, strengths, education, whole-school culture, teachers, meaning

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