Why happiness is so important in your classroom

If you read this blog regularly you’ll know what a fan I am of TED.com. I can’t speak highly enough of this wonderful organisation that provide inspiring talks from leading thinkers totally for free.

Last week I discovered an outstanding talk on TED.com by Shawn Achor that totally questioned my understanding of how important happiness is in our lives and for learning in my classroom. Shawn speaks about how the formula for happiness in many institutions, and even society as a whole in the Western world, is that success will lead to happiness. He speaks about about how this is an incorrect notion and entirely backwards to how our brains work. Calling on extensive research he and his team have done, he argues that the way to maximise performance is to totally reverse the formula: happiness leads to success. It may sound cheesy but just listen to his talk. You’ll be totally amazed. It made me realise how important it is that pupils in my lessons are happy. They don’t learn at their potential if they’re not happy.

I’ve started reading his book: The Happiness Advantage and am thoroughly enjoying it.

Watch Shawn Achor’s TED.com talk: The Happy Secret to Better Work

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