Happiness: new subject at schools in India
India, an economically poor country, has just released the “curriculum of happiness”, an educational program on emotions, which has the support of the Dalai Lama. The goal for the Tibetan spiritual leader is to develop compassion and happiness. That is, pave the way to physical and mental well-being and solve problems caused by negative and destructive emotions, including anger, hatred and jealousy.
The “happiness curriculum”, which includes meditation, values education and mental exercises, is undoubtedly great news about the incorporation of emotional management in traditional education systems.
As I explained in the book “El analfabeto emocional” (The emotional illiterate), the path to spirituality, personal freedom and emotional intelligence should begin in childhood, so that family members and teachers help the youngest to reaffirm their potential.
We live in a world with too many people surrendered to frustration and in a scenario plagued by terrorism, sexist crimes, xenophobia and hate speech. Quite simply, the protagonists of such disasters lacked emotional training. And, as we know, quality school instruction is not enough to train balanced human beings.
In a very illustrative comparison, the psychologist Guy Winch says that children learn dental hygiene since they were five years old, but no one teaches them about emotional hygiene. “How is it that we spend more time taking care of our teeth than our minds?” Wonders the lucid Winch.
In a country with the challenges and dimensions of India, the program could become an excellent experiment for the whole world. Already its inhabitants, as I have seen in so many trips and events held there, have left ample proof of their attitude in the face of adversity.
And what happens in the rest of the planet? In Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Denmark or the United States, among other countries, there are interesting experiences in this regard, although they are still to be generalized throughout the educational system.
The big question I ask myself is what the world would be like if we had all been emotionally educated since elementary school. Already the great Aristotle said: “Emotions can be educated and at the same time used in favor of a good coexistence”. How is it possible that, so long after, we have not been able to react to the evidence?