Sunday, July 23, 2006

Those enlightened Europeans - Happiness by Decree

From the Independent on Sunday by way of The Brussels Journal (Happiness by Decree), the UK is going to pilot test a program to teach happiness:
Lessons in happiness are to be introduced for 11-year-olds in state schools to combat a huge rise in depression, self-harm and anti-social behaviour among young people.
The sad thing is that its an import from the U.S.

When you think about it, its a natural outgrowth from lessons in self esteem - if self esteem leads to happier lives, why not dispense with the intermediary step and just teach happiness.