Positive education: Positive psychology and classroom interventions

  • Seligman M
  • Ernst R
  • Gillham J
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Abstract

Positive education is defined as education for both traditional skills and for happiness. The high prevalence worldwide of depression among young people, the small rise in life satisfaction, and the synergy between learning and positive emotion all argue that the skills for happiness should be taught in school. There is substantial evidence from well controlled studies that skills that increase resilience, positive emotion, engagement and meaning can be taught to schoolchildren. We present the story of teaching these skills to an entire school?Geelong Grammar School?in Australia, and we speculate that positive education will form the basis of a ?new prosperity?, a politics that values both wealth and well?being.
Positive education is defined as education for both traditional skills and for happiness. The high prevalence worldwide of depression among young people, the small rise in life satisfaction, and the synergy between learning and positive emotion all argue that the skills for happiness should be taught in school. There is substantial evidence from well controlled studies that skills that increase resilience, positive emotion, engagement and meaning can be taught to schoolchildren. We present the story of teaching these skills to an entire school?Geelong Grammar School?in Australia, and we speculate that positive education will form the basis of a ?new prosperity?, a politics that values both wealth and well?being.

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Authors

  • Martin E.P. Seligman

  • Randal M. Ernst

  • Jane Gillham

  • Karen Reivich

  • Mark Linkins

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