The 'How to be Happy' classes coming to a school near you

Liz Hull
UK Daily Mail
Monday, Sept 8, 2008

Children are to have happiness lessons to prevent them becoming depressed.

More than 20 schools are already teaching the classes, which are supposed to help banish negative thoughts.

And psychologists will meet ministers this week with a view to launching the scheme nationwide.

The Penn Resiliency Programme is the brainchild of Professor Martin Seligman, a U.S. expert in positive psychology.

In the lessons, 11-year-olds are taught how to cope with difficult situations and emotions and to develop positive attitudes, assertiveness, aspirations and a better approach to decision making.

They are encouraged not to think or react like Chicken Little, the hen in the fable who wrongly feared the sky was falling in.

It is hoped that the classes will equip youngsters better to cope with the challenges of adulthood.

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