Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar Expert in the field of positive psychology, Founder of the Happiness Studies Academy, and creator of the most popular course in Harvard’s history
"This is the first time when there is a school that starts off dedicated to the science of happiness. Centner Academy’s curriculum is academically rigorous and enhanced or augmented by focusing on happiness, health, relationships and resilience."
“One of my mentors, the psychologist Marty Seligman, always asks two questions when he speaks to parents and teachers,” says Ben-Shahar. “The first question is, what would you most like for your children? The answer that most parents give is, ‘We want them to be happy. We want them to have good relationships, we want them to be healthy,’ and so on... The second question is, what do children learn at school? And the answers are reading, writing, arithmetic . . . there’s almost no overlap between the two. Traditional academic subjects are still important, he says, but as evidence grows in the new science of happiness, it doesn’t make sense to ignore that first list of goals. Whether we’re talking 4-year-olds or 14-year-olds, we know how to help children become happier.”
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