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Maths, English, Science – and Happiness?

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By Priyanka and Molly

 Year 9 student Emily just wants to be happy (photo Molly)


The Department of Education has proposed an idea to introduce an hour of “happiness” into all UK schools, with the aim of improving the self-esteem, confidence and overall happiness of children of all ages. 

The idea, referred to as “happiness lessons”, campaigns to improve the mental health of Britain’s youth, especially adolescents.


Figures from The Guardian newspaper show that “an estimated 10% of children suffer a diagnosable mental health condition” and the Government wishes to improve this percentage by teaching young people about relaxation, mindfulness and deep-breathing. The lessons also comprise of questionnaires and surveys about friendship and bullying.

Here at CCHSG, we have made a startling discovery: when asked to rate their happiness on a scale of one to ten, one being the lowest, the average student happiness rating was 7.48. This number could be improved, as the lowest rating was 5. The highest average was Year 7, with an average score of 9.00.  Older students ranked as slightly lower on the scale. Perhaps one could draw a conclusion that older students feel less happy as they prepare for important examinations.

Despite some students reporting that they could be happier, only 43% of those asked felt they would like to have happiness lessons. Eleanor, in Year 9, described them as sounding  “a bit boring”. Suggestions as to how they could be run included eating a lot of chocolate, rockclimbing, and reading.


With World Happiness Day approaching on Monday, perhaps it is time for schools to consider the introduction of happiness lessons.

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