We commend Sir Antony Seldon – who has co-founded Action for Happiness and is the author of “Beyond Happiness” – and was interviewed on Radio 4 today. He believes that schools are tricking children and parents into believing that the only route to validation is through exam results, and that we are not doing a good-enough job in promoting well-being.
He argues that we should be helping our young people to begin to find out who they are, to be creative, and discover what they want to do. To discover not whether they are intelligent, but how they are intelligent; to find out what their unique qualities are and what their personal life’s journey might be.
In his book Seldon distinguishes the difference between pleasure, happiness and joy. He argues that we must find a balance between a self-centred notion of pleasure with the joy that can be found beyond this, through a harmonious connection with others.