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Teaching Happiness:
A ten-step curriculum for creating positive classrooms

by Ruth MacConville

Item: 9781906517212

Age Group: 8-13 years

Format: spiral bound
Pages: 100

Increase your pupils’ happiness and emotional resilience. This innovative programme translates key concepts from positive psychology and the recent research on happiness into a practical, ten-session curriculum which is suitable for both primary and secondary aged pupils. The sessions include:

  • Signature strengths
  • Positive self-talk
  • Think good, feel good
  • Sort that problem
  • The power of goals
  • Optimistic thinking

The programme is designed to be delivered with a sense of fun and celebration to engage and inspire all learners, and can be delivered to whole classes or to groups. It includes a variety of practical activities and cognitive techniques, as well as examples of feedback from pupils to reflect real-life experiences.

Teaching Happiness is fully compatible with SEAL, offers a clear and practical way forward for delivering the ECM standards and the outcomes of the programme can be used to inform the Ofsted self-evaluation form.

The book offers general guidance on how to deliver the programme and comes with a free CD Rom to print off various teaching activities such as Happiness Diaries.


  • Preface
  • Foreword
  • Part 1: Setting the Scene
  • Introduction
  • Positive Psychology
  • The New Science of Happiness
  • Key Concepts
  • The Sessions
  • Part 2: Staff Preparation
  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • General Guidance on Delivering the Programme
  • Part 3: The Happiness Curriculum
  • Session 1: What Works Well: WWW
  • Session 2: Wishing Others Well: WOW
  • Session 3: Enjoy
  • Session 4: Go with the Flow
  • Session 5: Elastic Brain
  • Session 6: Good At It
  • Session 7: Goal Power
  • Session 8: Thought Catching
  • Session 9: Think Good: Feel Good
  • Session 10: Celebration - What Have We Learnt?
  • Part 4: Creating Positive Classrooms
  • Continuing Work in School
  • Further Reading
  • Useful Websites
  • References

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