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Bringing Happiness Into the Schools

“One of the hardest, but most rewarding tasks Svigelj-Smith(who co-teaches an American Studies course) has been working on this year is helping students to have a growth mindset about their learning. Growth mindset is a term coined by the Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, who found students who believe they can improve skills through hard work fair better…

She’s now trying to relate the idea of happiness to that of growth mindset, encouraging students to think about steps they can take to make themselves happier. She’s pushing them to set happiness goals and to imagine happiness as another mindset they can work towards. It’s a slow process, but Svigelj-Smith is glad it’s a topic that can take some pressure off the many tests 10th graders in Ohio have to take.”

Article: Exploring the Idea of ‘Happiness’ As Part of School Work, MindShift

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Parents Might Be Happier With More Specific and Concrete Goals

“…prosocial acts associated with concretely framed goals lead to greater happiness for the givers as opposed to abstractly framed prosocial goals. This is true, the researchers say, although it seems counterintuitive.

In one experiment involving bone marrow transplants, the researchers focused on whether giving those who needed a transplant “greater hope” (abstract), or giving them “a better chance at finding a donor” (concrete) created more personal happiness for the giver. They found that helping someone find a donor created a greater sense of happiness for the giver. The research team says that this was driven by givers’ perceptions that their actual acts better met their expectations of accomplishing their goal of helping another person.”

Article: Chasing Happiness May Actually Make Us Less Happy, RedOrbit

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Happine$$: Things Vs. Experiences

(San Francisco State University psychologist Ryan) Howell enlisted the help of student Paulina Pchelin to survey people making purchases in the local marketplace, documenting their impressions before and after the retail experience. Interestingly, many people told the researchers they thought money spent on an enjoyable life experience would bring happiness, but that material purchases made better financial sense. Only afterward came feelings of buyer’s remorse. Those surveyed later said they not only agreed that life experiences bring greater happiness, but also greater value.

“There were just huge underestimates in how much value people expected to get from their purchase,” Howell said. “It’s almost like people feel they will get no economic value from their life experiences and therefore they feel this tension in spending money on them.”

Article: Money Spent On Life Experiences, Not Material Things, Brings Happiness, Medical Daily

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