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date: 07 August 2020

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This section of The Oxford Handbook of Happiness approaches the complex relationship between happiness and education from the historical, philosophical, educational, and psychological perspectives. Raising the questions such as what the purpose of education may be and whether education may benefit from an explicit focus on happiness, the selection of chapters consider how happiness and other related variables (resilience, wisdom, and flow) can be raised through explicit and implicit classroom-based interventions. One fundamental issue is raised and addressed throughout this introductory chapter—whether so-called “happiness lessons” should be timetabled, offered through cross-curricula means (embedded into other lessons) or developed through an overall school ethos (using the so-called whole school approach). The section offers two extended case studies, that of Wellington College in the UK and Geelong Grammar School in Australia that are both pioneers in introducing happiness education.

Keywords: educating for happiness, happiness education, well-being education, resilience education

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