Happiness Syllabus Outline

NURSERY & K.G.
The happiness curriculum designed for Nursery & K.G. consists of only mindfulness activities. This is done keeping in mind their developmental age as these students are active, have limited attention span and learn through sensory exploration.
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Modules & Sessions
1
Exploring Happiness through Learning and Awareness
     Learning to be aware of one’s emotions
     Learning to be mindful

CLASS I - CLASS II
The happiness curriculum designed for Class I and II consists of mindfulness activities, simple stories and basic reflective activities. This is done keeping in mind their developmental age as these students are more expressive and able to engage in conversation.
CLASS I
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Units
Content
1
Exploring Happiness through Learning and Awareness
     Observing activities of the body
     Becoming aware of our likes
     What do we like more - being with material versus being with people
     Identifying sources of momentary happiness
     Observing the desire to be happy always
     Happiness in learning a new skill
2
Experiencing happiness in relationships through Feelings
     Observing contributions in relationships
→ mother
→ father
→ siblings
     Recognising feelings and values:
       Respect
       Affection
       Care
     Proper Listening
     Sharing things with others
     Supporting others in need
3
Happiness through Active Participation
     Creative expression of oneself
     Communication & Collaboration
     Joy of participation in school
     Joy of participation in family
     Observing various entities in nature

CLASS II
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Units
Content
1
Exploring Happiness through Learning and Awareness
     Observing needs of the body
     Becoming aware of our likes and dislikes
     Identifying sources of momentary happiness and deeper happiness
     Observing the desire to be happy always
     Happiness in learning a new skill
2
Experiencing happiness in relationships through Feelings
     Recognising physical similarities between humans
     Observing contributions in relationships
→ parents
→ teachers
→ siblings
     Recognising feelings and values:
       Respect
       Affection
       Care
       Guidance
     Observing whether we feel happy when sharing
     To communicate clearly
     Recognising and communicating the value of doing things together
     Sharing how do we feel when someone helps us, we help others.
     Communicating our feeling of happiness when we share or cooperate
     Keeping our things in order in family, class, school
3
Happiness through Active Participation
       Keeping one's things in order
       Observing participation of others in the house and in school
       Joy in participation in school
       Joy in participation in family
       Recognising characteristics of entities in nature

CLASS III - CLASS V
The happiness curriculum designed for Class III to V consists of developmentally age appropriate mindfulness activities, evocative stories, reflective activities and self-expression. The students learn to cooperate in group settings, are more expressive and begin to develop their own point of view.
CLASS III
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Units
Content
1
Exploring Happiness through Learning and Awareness
       Identifying activities and needs of the body
       Recognising differences in our decisions based on what we like versus what is good for us
       Realizing the desire to be happy always
       Recognising how we feel when there is harmony in relationships
2
Experiencing happiness in relationships through Feelings
     Recognising similarities in humans at the level of desire - addressing the core desire for happiness
     Observing contributions in relationships
→ parents
→ teachers
→ siblings
→ grandparents
→ extended family

     Recognising feelings and values:
       Respect
       Gratitude
       Affection
       Care
       Guidance

     Feeling responsibility towards the collective in class, school, family
     Taking responsibility instead of blaming in a conflict
3
Happiness through Active Participation
     Participating in the collective, helping others and taking collective responsibility
     Observing distinctions between entities and their interrelationships
     Recognising characteristics and intrinsic nature of entities

CLASS IV
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Units
Content
1
Exploring Happiness through Learning and Awareness
     Identifying separate needs of the self and body on the basis of quantity
     Recognising the distinctions in voluntary and involuntary activities of the body
     Identifying sources of momentary happiness and deeper happiness
     Realizing the desire to be happy always
     Recognising how we feel when we look after things around us

2
Experiencing happiness in relationships through Feelings
     Similarity in humans in the ability to think, wanting to understand and have curiosity
     Observing contributions in relationships
→ parents
→ teachers
→ siblings
→ grandparents
→ extended family
→ neighbours
→ friends
     Recognising feelings and values:
       Trust
       Respect
       Gratitude
       Affection
       Care
       Guidance
     Encouraging practise of collaboration. Free of feeling of competition during class activities
     Ensuring equal participation of all in different class activities
     Observation of the feeling of happiness during cooperation & teamwork (at school & home)
3
Happiness through Active Participation
     Self expression
     Collaboration and participation
     encouraging practice of collaboration
     observation of feelings of happiness during cooperation and teamwork
     Joy of participation in the collective
     Understanding distinctions between entities in nature and their interrelationships
     Recognising characteristics and intrinsic nature of entities


CLASS V
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Units
Content
1
Exploring Happiness through Learning and Awareness
     Identifying separate needs of the self and body on the basis of duration
     Importance of health and a daily routine
     Observing that all humans have the potential to understand things around them
     Exploring sustainable happiness
     How it is related to clarity of purpose
     Identifying what feels good versus what is good for us
     Realizing the desire to be happy always
     Recognising how we feel when we have more than we need (to be able to share freely)

2
Experiencing happiness in relationships through Feelings
     Recognising similarities in humans at the level of feelings/values in relationship - the desire for respect and trust
     Observing contributions in relationships
→ parents
→ teachers
→ siblings
→ grandparents
→ extended family
→ societal relationships - neighbours, friends, people around school
     Recognising feelings and values:
       Trust
       Respect
       Gratitude
       Affection
       Care
       Guidance
       Collaboration
       Cordiality
     Focus on behaviour, feeling & process instead of only outcome
     Appreciation of others contribution & participation
     Encouraging practise of collaboration - free of feeling of competition during class activities
3
Happiness through Active Participation
     Creative expression of oneself
     Collaboration and participation
     encouraging practice of collaboration
     observation of feelings of happiness during cooperation and teamwork
     Understanding the role and purpose of various entities in nature, classified in 4 broad categories - material order, plant order, animal order, human (or knowledge) order

CLASS VI - CLASS VIII
The happiness curriculum designed for Class VI to VIII consists of developmentally age appropriate mindfulness activities, thought provoking stories, reflective activities and self-expression. These students can reflect better, gain insight into their thoughts and feelings, and bring about change in behaviour accordingly.
CLASS VI
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Units
Content
1
Exploring Happiness through Learning and Awareness
     Identifying separate needs of the self and body
     Identifying voluntary activities in a human being based on decision by the self
     Understanding the difference between knowing and assuming
     Evaluating our assumptions and preconditioning about life and situations around us
     Understanding the desire to be happy always
     Understanding our desire for clarity
     Exploring the desire for prosperity - a feeling of having more than I need
     Evaluating our assumptions about happiness
     Exploring the need for education
     Exploring what education entails - whether it is accumulation of wealth, or transformation of mindset
     Exploring how humans are different from the other 3 orders

2
Experiencing happiness in relationships through Feelings
     Recognising similarities in humans at the level of knowing, assuming and understanding
     Observing contributions in societal relationships and our role in maintaining them
     Recognising feelings and values:
       Trust
       Respect
       Gratitude
       Affection
       Care
       Guidance
       Collaboration
       Cordiality
       Humility
       Commitment
       Generosity
       Simplicity
     Feeling of confidence & usefulness due to participation

3
Happiness through Active Participation
     Joy of participation in the neighborhood
     Recognising contribution in society, supportive role in maintaining systems
     Exploring uniqueness in the various entities in nature, classified in 4 broad categories - material order, plant order, animal order, human (or knowledge) order

CLASS VII
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Units
Content
1
Exploring Happiness through Learning and Awareness
     Understanding how do the needs of the body get fulfilled
     Understanding how do the needs of the self get fulfilled
     Understanding what knowing entails
     Exploring the relation between self reflection and knowledge
     Evaluating our assumptions and preconditioning about life and situations around us
     Understanding the desire to be happy always
     Understanding our desire for clarity and prosperity
     Understanding what is sustainable happiness
     Evaluating our assumptions about happiness
     Evaluating our assumptions about prosperity
     Exploring the need for the happiness curriculum in education
     Exploring the connection between happiness and education

2
Experiencing happiness in relationships through Feelings
     Understanding similarity in humans at the level of human goal
     Summarising human similarities on the basis of potential, programme and goal
     Observing the desire for justice in relationships = mutuality in feelings/values
     Evaluating our assumptions in/about relationships
     Recognising feelings and values:
       Trust
       Respect
       Gratitude
       Affection
       Care
       Guidance
       Cooperation
       Cordiality
       Humility
       Commitment
       Generosity
       Forthrightness
       Simplicity

     Feeling of confidence & usefulness due to participation
     Participating in Neighborhood/Society - helping in maintaining systems- classrooms & family
     Contribution in others studies - younger sibling, classmate etc.
3
Happiness through Active Participation
     Observing feelings of confidence and usefulness due to participation
     Exploring uniqueness and complementarity between the various entities in nature, classified in 4 broad categories - material order, plant order, animal order, human (or knowledge) order
exploring balance in orders

CLASS VIII
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Units
Content
1
Exploring Happiness through Learning and Awareness
     Understanding the purpose of the body and the self
     Relationship between the self and the body
     Understanding the distinctions between the self and the body
     Understanding what knowledge entails
Understanding of the self, existence and universal human behaviour
Evaluating our assumptions and preconditions about life and situations around us
     Understanding the desire to be happy always
Understanding our desire for clarity, prosperity and coexistence in society and nature
Understanding how clarity leads to sustainable happiness
Recognising how happiness is linked with understanding the self
     Exploring the role of education to fulfill the desire for clarity (knowledge) in human beings
2
Experiencing happiness in relationships through Feelings
     Understanding similarities in universality and oneness in humans
     observing the desire for justice in relationships = mutuality in feelings in relationships- transparency, oneness across relationships - family-society
evaluating our assumptions in/about relationships
     Recognising feelings and values:
       Trust
       Respect
       Gratitude
       Affection
       Care
       Guidance
       Cooperation
       Cordiality
       Humility
       Commitment
       Generosity
       Forthrightness
       Simplicity
       Oneness
     Participating in Neighborhood/Society - helping in maintaining systems (cont.)
     Contribution in others’ lives - siblings, classmates, neighbors
3
Happiness through Active Participation
     Recognising sense of value, self worth through sharing and contribution
     Exploring uniqueness and complementarity between the various entities in nature, classified in 4 broad categories - material order, plant order, animal order, human (or knowledge) order
understanding the purpose of and interconnectedness between the 4 orders
     Exploring maintenance of balance in orders

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