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Make education key to happy learning and living
According to a UN's survey "The World Happiness Report 2016", India continues to be consistently low on happiness index (HI). In the recent worldwide survey India ranked 118th out of 156 countries. The report reveals that even neighbouring countries such as China, Pakistan and Bangladesh are better placed than India on HI.

Denmark has been declared the happiest country in the world. The report also mentions that India was one of the worst 10 countries which were witnessing the fastest decline in happiness. The survey implicates that countries low on HI need to pay more attention to happiness as criteria for government policy.

Many educators have taken the implications of the report seriously in the last few years and have tried some interventions such as Happiness Education, Learning for Happiness and Child-Friendly Education and Child-Centric Education to increase the School Happiness Index by charting it and taking mid-course corrections.

Recently, a national seminar was held on 'Happiness Education" in Uttar Pradesh. However, the recommendations of the seminar have not been made public on the internet yet.

My own investigation during a teacher training session on positive education through a brainstorming method by raising the raising the "What children like to do and receive from others in schools to make them happy?" showed what can make children happy in schools. An abstract of the rapid study is as follows.

It is being held that positive education is an educational approach which aims to develop students' well-being and promote happiness. A brain-storming exercise was undertaken with the participants (N=20; Age: 25-35 years, two rounds, 40 minute session) of bridge schools to find their perceptions about the likings and interests of early primary grade children (5-9 years).

 The responses of participants were categorized as likings and outcomes of un-fulfillment of the likings. The liking of children of this age group were found to be : stories; pictures, cartoons or visuals; collection of objects; singing; dancing; role playing ; excursions, personification; recitation ; shouting; pranks; laughter; receiving praise and approval; gaining attention; playing games; making things; undoing and re-doing things.

The un-fulfillment of the interests and lack of self-fulfillment in schools or lack of use of these activities leads to unruly behaviour, destruction of things and bullying. The brain-storming and analysis of response to understanding positive child psychology and making use of children's interest activities as pedagogical tools resulted in favourably positive reactions significant at 0.05 levels when analyzed with chi-square technique with one degree of freedom.

The conclusion is that positive education which promotes mental being of children along with giving them a feel for success learning results in happy education and happy nation. The New Education Policy on anvil in India must focus on Happy Education to create nation which rises up on HI in the community of nations.

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