Resources and Classroom Materials for K-12 Teachers
Download presentations and handouts to teach your school children important concepts and skills for their own happiness and for healthy happy relationships with others and to our earth.
For Kindergarten through 5th grade
Children's Mindfulness Handbook
Mindfulness is an important skill for happiness throughout life. The Children's Mindfulness Handbook is an approachable presentation provides ways to introduce mindfulness into everyday life. It can be used as a starting place for ways to bring awareness into everyday activities.
It includes important tips aimed at parents for teaching mindfulness to children. You can download and adapt this presentation to share with your students parents or, if you are daring, reformat it with your students to teach their parents mindfulness skills.
Children's Loving Nature Handbook
The connection between nature and happiness is understood intuitively by most all people and beginning to be explored by researchers.
The Children's Loving Nature Handbook provides teachers and parents a lens for understanding how to introduce a love for nature based on a child's age and developmental stage. It is based on research conducted with children of different ages and developmental levels. You can use this tool to orient your lessons and activities aimed at teaching children about nature in ways that engender love for mother earth.
Happiness Skill Development for K-5th Grade
International Day of Happiness in March 20th. Download this presentation and accompanying pamphlet formatted for printing to teach 5 key skills for happiness in life. This presentation can be downloaded and reformatted for any day. Children (and adults) who develop these five important skills have happier lives in terms of how they feel and how they relate to other people. You can use these resources as part of ongoing skill development throughout a school year, or for just a one time presentation to your class.
For Middle and High School
Happiness Budget Card
The Happiness Budget Card is a downloadable sheet that asks questions in the ten domains of happiness: standard of living or economic well-being, governance, the natural environment, physical health, learning & culture, psychological well-being or flourishing, community, social support, time-balance and work.
It can be used to explore how different aspects of life support or do not support your student's feelings of happiness and satisfaction with life. Download and print the last two pages for handouts. It has been used for college students as well as middle schoolers. Use this budget along with the Happiness Index by first asking your students to take the Happiness Index. If you create a group for your students, you will also be able to gather the results for your class in aggregate. You can present the happiness data as a way to begin a conversation about what really matters in life. See the Happy Community Toolkit for instructions for creating a group.
Paths to Happiness
What's your Path to Happiness gives four approaches to happiness: hedonism, eudeimonia, chaironic and flow. It presents each approach in terms of how to identify when an approach is helping or hurting your student's sense of happiness.
Use this as a way to start discussions about what the pursuit of happiness means, and how to pursue happiness in healthy ways. This presentation was designed for middle school students and has been found to be useful for all ages. Used with ample time for discussion for each point (each slide) this presentation can lead to deep discussion and learning.
How to be a Friend
How to be a friend presents complex and important skills for friendship in simple, clear format. Happiness science tells us that our social connections are fundamental to our happiness, yet there is little information beyond allegories about how to be a good friend.
Use this presentation as a starting place for discussions and exploration into what it means to be a friend. While simple presented, this presentation is packed with information, and can be used over time for conversations, exploration and prompts for other lessons.