E-happiness letter

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E-happiness letter

  1. 1. Dear Principal: Nowadays there is an enormous concern about the negative psychological effects that iscausing the actual and rapidly changing development of the present human society on ourchildren. The prevalence of depression among young people is shockingly high worldwide. Nearly20% of youth experience an episode of clinical depression by the end of high school. By someestimates depression is about ten times more common now than it was 50 years ago. In addition,several studies suggest that the age of first onset has decreased from adulthood to adolescence.This is a paradox; particularly for those who believe that well-being comes from the environment.Almost everything is better now than it was 50 years ago; there is about three times more actualpurchasing power, dwellings are much bigger, there are many more cars, and clothes are moreatractive. Progress has not been limited to the material: there is more education, more music, andmore women´s rights, less racism, less pollution, fewer tyrants, more entertainment, more books,and fewer soldiers dying on the battlefield. Everything is better, that is, everything exept humanmorale. Depresion and anxiety are rampant, and average individual and average hapiness, whichhas been measure competently for half a century, has not remotely kept up with improvement inthe world. Happiness has gone up only spottily, if at all. As professors, we should be concern aboutthis reallity and take all possible solutions to avoid our kids fall in the wrong life style that haveconducted human being to the actual global crisis of happiness. A crisis that is not justenvironmental but mainly personal. Before continuing, a quiz: In two words or less, what do you most want for your children?If you are like the hundreds of parents I’ve asked, you responded, Happiness, Confidence,Contentment, Balance, Good Stuff, Kindness, Health, Satisfaction, and the like. In short, you mostwant well-being for your children. In two words or less, what do schools teach? If you are likeother parents, you responded Achievement, Thinking Skills, Success, Conformity, Literacy,Mathematics, Discipline and the like. Notice that there is almost no overlap between the two lists.The schooling of children has, for more than a century, been about accomplishment, theboulevard into the world of adult work. I am all for accomplishment, success, literacy, anddiscipline; but imagine if schools could, without compromising either, teach both the skills of well-being and the skills of achievement. Imagine Positive Education. We would like to invite you to be part of a multicultural school community that want toshare, learn, exchange and create the best things of life. To do this we can use positive languagelectures to learn on a contextualize basis, and a the same time learn by sharing the best things ofour past, present and future life. We call this movement “programme e-Happiness”, amulticultural program that connects two geographycally separated classes of students and itsforeing language teachers trhoughout video-lectures (video-conference). To do this, as the ChileanDepartment of Education we have design a simple and easy to follow program that can be use as astarting step. Furthermore, we will contact you with a rural school and its english languageprofessor, so you can start this unic experience with a beautiful group of students from the ruralChile. The programme has been design by and educational company called Effective SustainableSolutions (ESUS), which have being working with the department on several programs with thedepartment. Please I invite you to contact me as the Director of E-Happiness Program.Thanks for using your time to think on these proposal of life prosperity,David Ampuero C.e-mail: david.ampuero@gmail.com

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