Winning the H factor: the secrets of happy schools by Alistair Smith

By Alistair Smith

The authors clarify what the learn tells us approximately happiness, and the way to exploit those findings to enhance entire college morale. >

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And, of course, we want you to win the H Factor for every member of your school community. The H Factor is neither a bolt-on initiative, nor a series of happiness lessons. Instead, it is something that we hope will become part of the culture of your school. It should be infused into the very foundations and be spread among every member of the establishment, be they pupil, governor, teaching or support staff. As such, it will not compete with the curriculum, but will become part of every single subject, lesson and meeting.

It’s going to snow, you know. I mean, can you believe it? Snow in March. ’ How much happiness is enough? Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. (Unknown) Surely Alistair was not alone in his dislike of Poppy’s blind optimism. The possibility of being overly optimistic is an intriguing one. Is it truly realistic to expect everyone to be functioning at +5 at all times? Probably not. Being naïvely happy could be dangerous in many life situations.

But everywhere they looked they found only misery and despondency. In the cities and in the villages, in the mountains and in the valleys it was the same story; the people had nothing to share but trouble and woes. Eventually, when all hope seemed to be gone, some of the searchers met a shepherd who had been spending the summer in a high and remote valley. He often laughed as he worked, cheerfully singing his way through each day and smiling to himself as he watched his sheep graze. When asked he said, ‘Am I happy?

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