‘Happiness Curriculum’ was developed by a group of 40 teachers
from government schools, volunteers and educators over six
It consists of stories and activities focusing on
The subject has no text books, no tests or examinations and
consists of 40 activities including a ‘Gratitude Wall’ where
students learn to thank others by writing a few lines expressing
gratitude for family members who have helped in some way on that
Other values emphasized in this subject are: practice of
looking for good things in life;
avoiding hedonic habits;
improving positive/ negative ratio;
applying signature strengths;
varying positive emotions, among others.
The entire focus of the curriculum is on monitoring and
observing the status of a child’s happiness.
Moreover, the teacher keeps a diary to document every child’s
The Happiness period starts with a five-minute meditation
during which the students close their eyes and are asked to
observe what they hear.
Then they recount what they heard: be it the whirring of the
fan, the noise outside their breathing or their heartbeats.
The junior primary classes add singing and dancing to their
happiness quota in these sessions.
Then the teacher tells a story from the prescribed twenty
stories after which the students talk about it in a question and
answer session to turn them into mental exercises.
Teachers create a situation where the students can talk about
their feelings on issues such as peer pressure, exam pressure,
expectation from family and bullying.
Delhi newspapers have published articles on Happiness
teaching and have quoted teachers maintaining that the initial
results have been positive.
They have noted positive changes in the behaviour and
thinking of their students and overall improvement in their
attitude, for example, reduced absenteeism and indiscipline.
Asked if had seen any change in students from
under-privileged sections of the society, C.S. Verma, the
principal of a South Delhi school said in an article in
"They are more focused on studies and unlike in the past,
they are more willing to accept their mistakes."