Happiness is a feeling of well-being, harmony, peace, joy or in short, a feeling of contentment that comes when we realise that life is good. Learning is at its best when the learners are happy from deep within.
Often happiness is to be developed or needs to be worked upon. Same is true for the happiness in classrooms. Various studies reveal that the focus from joyful learning is shifting to achieving a position, thus, fading the joy of innocence and childhood. Hence, the concept of happy classrooms. The entire idea was found to be so novel and appealing that the first lady of USA Ms Melina Trump during her visit to New Delhi witnessed the Happy Classroom curriculum being followed in a Delhi govt. school.
We, as teachers, need to provide a world to our young learners in their classroom which can give them that happiness and a feeling of being wanted. This, if done, would make learning delightful. It is important to create a congenial and a happy atmosphere for our young learners in their classrooms by deepening our connection with them, and by practicing compassion and mutual understanding so that the teaching and learning both become gratifying while realising a sense of their inner worth, leaving behind comparisons and expectations, accepting their imperfections in a more positive way so that they are enthused to work on it to make it their strength. This would make them ready to face the challenges of the external world.
Nelson Mandela had once said and I quote /‘History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children./’