The Suitcase of Happiness
Happiness for each child
What do you dream about? What makes you happy? Psychologist and writer, Clara den Boer, asks these questions in her leadership program for directors of big companies. She is astonished that these successful men and women often find it difficult to answer, what she sees as, life’s most important questions. As a mother of three kids she realised happiness should be taught in primary schools as a normal part of school curricula. Clara developed the 'Suitcase of Happiness' ('Gelukskoffer'), a 7-lesson program that increases self-confidence, stimulates unique qualities and invests in the wellbeing of kids. ‘I love me,’ was what one girl wrote at the end of the program. A boy wrote, ‘you make us learn from ourselves instead of books.’
The Happiness Suitcase (each child is given one to discover and explore his of her own happiness) is a science-based curriculum for primary schools. In seven lessons the children work on their own ideas on happiness. The philosophy is simple: happy children confidently stand firm in their shoes and have a more positive image of themselves and the world around them. The program is suitable for children from grade 7 and 8 of primary school because it provides them valuable 'happy' luggage in the transition to adolescence. From January 2015, there's a new learning for group 5 and 6 ready. With lessons on happiness, they like to on a better balance between IQ, EQ and HQ (Happiness Quotient) in education.