On this World Happiness Day, it is only in the fitness of the thing that the secret to the most precious treasure called ‘happiness’ is opened up for everyone irrespective of who they are, where they come from and more importantly wherever on the earth they live. On the other side of the coin, the pandemic has done exactly the opposite for everyone, distributed miseries all across. However, the receding pandemic has also left behind a few underlying lessons, if counted on, can enhance happiness in our life forever.
Category: Life Skills & Motivation
There is a lot one can learn from public policy debate and research on happiness. The quest for alternative development paradigm, away from a mere income-centric approach, has provided many take away for personal life. Income may be essential but not a sufficient condition to ensure happiness.
Life pursuits and purpose are key to happiness. Making our existence meaningful requires concerted and conscious thoughts. Facing the question – what can I do to help others, may contribute immensely in making our life happy. When you get up in the morning, and if your mind is cool about the fact that the day stands largely sorted out with tasks already lined up, you have achieved a lot in terms of happiness.
There is a lot to understand about how our mind works, rather how we can make it work for happiness. Happiness largely depends on how our mind views life. Here is an account of how we can guide our mind to ensure happiness & wellbeing.
New Year brings in the season of giving and taking greetings and good wishes. The most common of them is ‘Happy New Year to You!’. Does it really ensure or enhance happiness in our life? No guarantee, but our understanding of happiness enhancing factors and facets can help reclaim our health and happiness for a better life. Here is a series to focus on what all we need to know.
Feedback is a magic wand which can open several gates of learning for students. However, the efficacy of feedback as a tool of learning would largely depend upon the manner in which feedback is given as well as the time when feedback is executed. As a faculty we must also learn the art and science of taking and giving feedback, of course both formal and informal.
The hallmark to lead our new generation of students in right direction is to strongly demonstrate what precisely we expect them to do. Students get energised and motivated to do more when they see teachers amply demonstrating qualities, in words and in action, which they really wanted students to develop. This is especially highly applicable when it comes to our ‘first generation learner’.
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s life has a magical intertwining for
what it means being a teacher. The KRA (key result areas) centric approach to teaching will ensure ‘instrumental values’ for students. However, it is just one side of the deliverables. Learning experience of a student becomes a transformational journey, when the teacher choses to ‘go beyond the KRA’ and embrace duty and service as the credo. It is only through this approach and attitude that the ‘intrinsic value’ of education can be delivered. It is indeed a win-win situation, both for teachers and students.
Leading universities have already taken to teaching happiness or positive psychology as part of curriculum. Happiness courses are seemingly oversubscribed and participants have acknowledged benefits in terms of distinct improvements in life-satisfaction. Such individuals are bound to spread the message and contribute positively and enthusiastically at workplace, family and society. Positive education agenda is the need of the hour and educational institutions must create a ‘center for happiness learning & practice’ to drive this agenda for faculty and students. This write up explores the contours of happiness teaching in educational institutions based on authors own experience of teaching, researching and practicing happiness.
There is a simmering difference between performance and potential in all sectors, more so in education space. The essence of bridging this gap lies in the fact that teachers and students centralize their attention on core strengths. Discover the keys which make you steadily move up in life and career. Bizarre as it may sound, fish out that notepad now and make a list of things you enjoy doing. But don’t forget to pay attention to the following eight-precepts.