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Sustainable Happiness  and Health Education Catherine O’Brien, PhD School   of Graduate and Professional Studies Education...
UN Decade for Education and SD <ul><li>“ There can be few more pressing and critical goals for the future of humankind tha...
UN Decade for Education and SD <ul><li>… .Education for sustainable development is a life-wide and lifelong endeavour whic...
Sustainability and Education <ul><li>“ At current levels of unsustainable practice and over consumption it could be conclu...
Mental Health and Well-Being <ul><ul><li>It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or...
Research on Happiness <ul><li>New field of positive psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Study of positive emotions, positive trai...
Research on Happiness <ul><li>What can we learn from happy people? </li></ul><ul><li>Can we increase happiness? </li></ul>...
Research on Happiness <ul><li>“ Happiness is  the overall appreciation of one’s life-as-a-whole,  in short, how much one l...
Happiness and Health <ul><li>Happiness is a good indicator of health and longevity </li></ul><ul><li>Positive well-being i...
Happiness and Health <ul><li>Happy people tend to seek out and act on health information </li></ul><ul><li>Positive mood h...
Happiness and Health <ul><li>Happiness has been associated with reduced risk of heart disease </li></ul><ul><li>Karina W. ...
Happiness and Health <ul><li>Happiness skills can be taught </li></ul><ul><li>Seligman, M. “Can Happiness be Taught?” </li...
Happiness and Environment <ul><li>Happy people tend to be less materialistic </li></ul><ul><li>More empathetic </li></ul><...
Happiness and Environment <ul><li>More likely to engage in ecologically beneficial behaviour (cycling, recycling) </li></u...
Happiness and Health <ul><li>“ This finding that happiness adds to health opens new ways for health promotion, preventive ...
Happiness and Health <ul><li>We can make people healthier  </li></ul><ul><li>by making them happier.   </li></ul><ul><li>M...
Happiness and Health <ul><li>We can make people healthier by making them happier.   </li></ul><ul><li>Who/What is teaching...
Shop ‘til you drop?
Designer fashions for our kids?
Nature-Deficit Disorder?
Social Comparison
Social Comparison
Supersize Me
HAPPINESS.   STARTING AT $47,000.* * Happiness guaranteed for day of purchase only
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Authentic  Happiness <ul><li>Relationships with family and friends </li></ul><ul><li>“ Being” in the moment </li></ul><ul>...
Research on Happiness <ul><li>Can Money Buy Happiness? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Material wealth beyond a basic income level d...
<ul><li>Happiness  ≠  Over-Consumption </li></ul>
Your Bliss List 1.
Sustainable Happiness <ul><li>Positive psychology and sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals may be pursuing happine...
Sustainable Happiness <ul><li>  “ Sustainable happiness   is happiness that contributes to individual, community and/or gl...
Day-to-Day Sustainable Happiness <ul><li>Choices related to what we eat and drink </li></ul><ul><li>How we transport ourse...
Sustainable Happiness Survey Activity Before Course Carpooling 5 Water Conservation 8 Expressing Appreciation 7 Composting...
Sustainable Happiness Survey Activity Before Course One Year Later Carpooling 5 9 Water Conservation 8 12 Expressing Appre...
Natural Highs <ul><li>7. Hugs.  </li></ul><ul><li>8. The first snow fall.  </li></ul><ul><li>9. Playing in the ocean.  </l...
Natural Highs <ul><li>1. The cold side of the pillow.  </li></ul><ul><li>2. Laughing so hard your face hurts.  </li></ul><...
Sustainable Happiness 1.
Sustainable Happiness <ul><li>Walking, cycling, active commuting </li></ul>
Sustainable Happiness!   Source:  From the &quot;Active and Safe Routes to School Manitoba Clean Air Day  Poster Design Co...
Children’s Mobility, Health & Happiness: A Canadian School Travel Planning Model <ul><li>School Travel Planning in every p...
Sustainable Happiness and Health Education <ul><ul><li>Developed educational resource for K-6 that links sustainable happi...
 
 
 
 
Crestview, Manitoba <ul><li>&quot;This resource is exactly what we have been looking for as it effectively and efficiently...
<ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.sustainablehappiness.ca </li></ul>
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Sustainable Happiness

  1. 1. Sustainable Happiness and Health Education Catherine O’Brien, PhD School of Graduate and Professional Studies Education Department, Cape Breton University
  2. 2. UN Decade for Education and SD <ul><li>“ There can be few more pressing and critical goals for the future of humankind than to ensure steady improvement in the quality of life for this and future generations, in a way that respects our common heritage - the planet we live on… </li></ul><ul><li>UN Decade of Education and Sustainable Development, 2005-2014 </li></ul>
  3. 3. UN Decade for Education and SD <ul><li>… .Education for sustainable development is a life-wide and lifelong endeavour which challenges individuals, institutions and societies to view tomorrow as a day that belongs to us all, or it will not belong to anyone.” </li></ul><ul><li>UN Decade of Education and Sustainable Development, 2005-2014 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Sustainability and Education <ul><li>“ At current levels of unsustainable practice and over consumption it could be concluded that education is part of the problem. If education is the solution then it requires a deeper critique and a broader vision for the future.” </li></ul><ul><li>UNESCO, 2005, p. 59 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Mental Health and Well-Being <ul><ul><li>It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder - the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Today, approximately 5% of male youth and 12% of female youth, age 12 to 19, have experienced a major depressive episode. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The total number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canadian Mental Health Association </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Research on Happiness <ul><li>New field of positive psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Study of positive emotions, positive traits and positive institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on wellness and what help us to flourish </li></ul>
  7. 7. Research on Happiness <ul><li>What can we learn from happy people? </li></ul><ul><li>Can we increase happiness? </li></ul><ul><li>Can we teach happiness? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the benefits of happiness? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Research on Happiness <ul><li>“ Happiness is the overall appreciation of one’s life-as-a-whole, in short, how much one likes the life one lives.” </li></ul>Veenhoven (2006)
  9. 9. Happiness and Health <ul><li>Happiness is a good indicator of health and longevity </li></ul><ul><li>Positive well-being is also related to faster recovery from surgery </li></ul><ul><li>Meditation, happiness and immune system </li></ul><ul><li>Seligman, M. (2002) Authentic happiness </li></ul><ul><li>Davidson, Positive Affective Styles: Perspective From Affective Neuroscience </li></ul>
  10. 10. Happiness and Health <ul><li>Happy people tend to seek out and act on health information </li></ul><ul><li>Positive mood has been shown to lower blood pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Ed Diener and Martin Seligman, “Beyond Money” </li></ul>
  11. 11. Happiness and Health <ul><li>Happiness has been associated with reduced risk of heart disease </li></ul><ul><li>Karina W. Davidson, Elizabeth Mostofsky and William Whang. Don't worry, be happy: </li></ul><ul><li>positive affect and reduced 10-year incident coronary heart disease: </li></ul><ul><li>The Canadian Nova Scotia Health Survey. European Heart Journal, Feb 17, 2010 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Happiness and Health <ul><li>Happiness skills can be taught </li></ul><ul><li>Seligman, M. “Can Happiness be Taught?” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Happiness and Environment <ul><li>Happy people tend to be less materialistic </li></ul><ul><li>More empathetic </li></ul><ul><li>T. Kasser (2004) Materialism and its alternatives, in A Life Worth Living: Contributions to Positive Psychology </li></ul>
  14. 14. Happiness and Environment <ul><li>More likely to engage in ecologically beneficial behaviour (cycling, recycling) </li></ul><ul><li>Nature-relatedness linked to positive emotions and happiness </li></ul><ul><li>T. Kasser (2004) Materialism and its alternatives, in A Life Worth Living: Contributions to Positive Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Nisbet, Zelenski, and Murphy. The Nature Relatedness Scale: Linking Individuals’ Connection with Nature, Environmental Concern, and Well-being </li></ul>
  15. 15. Happiness and Health <ul><li>“ This finding that happiness adds to health opens new ways for health promotion, preventive public health care in particular. It implies that we can make people healthier by making them happier.” </li></ul><ul><li>Veenhoven, R. (2006) Healthy happiness: Effects of happiness </li></ul><ul><li>on physical health and the consequences for preventive health care, </li></ul><ul><li>of Happiness Studies , 15-11,p.6. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Happiness and Health <ul><li>We can make people healthier </li></ul><ul><li>by making them happier. </li></ul><ul><li>Many implications for </li></ul><ul><li>students, teachers and schools! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Happiness and Health <ul><li>We can make people healthier by making them happier. </li></ul><ul><li>Who/What is teaching us about happiness? </li></ul><ul><li>What are we learning? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Shop ‘til you drop?
  19. 19. Designer fashions for our kids?
  20. 20. Nature-Deficit Disorder?
  21. 21. Social Comparison
  22. 22. Social Comparison
  23. 23. Supersize Me
  24. 24. HAPPINESS. STARTING AT $47,000.* * Happiness guaranteed for day of purchase only
  25. 25. 1.
  26. 26. 1.
  27. 27. Authentic Happiness <ul><li>Relationships with family and friends </li></ul><ul><li>“ Being” in the moment </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling engaged with our work, or other commitments (family, volunteer, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Leading a meaningful life </li></ul>
  28. 28. Research on Happiness <ul><li>Can Money Buy Happiness? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Material wealth beyond a basic income level doesn’t contribute significantly to well-being and life satisfaction. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ed Diener and Martin Seligman, “Beyond Money: Toward an Economy of Well-Being”, Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 2004. </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>Happiness ≠ Over-Consumption </li></ul>
  30. 30. Your Bliss List 1.
  31. 31. Sustainable Happiness <ul><li>Positive psychology and sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals may be pursuing happiness without awareness of ramifications </li></ul><ul><li>Our pursuit of happiness is changing the world - not always for the better </li></ul><ul><li>Brings in concept of interconnection </li></ul>
  32. 32. Sustainable Happiness <ul><li> “ Sustainable happiness is happiness that contributes to individual, community and/or global well-being and does not exploit other people, the environment or future generations.” (O’Brien) </li></ul>
  33. 33. Day-to-Day Sustainable Happiness <ul><li>Choices related to what we eat and drink </li></ul><ul><li>How we transport ourselves </li></ul><ul><li>What we wear </li></ul><ul><li>How we relate to one another </li></ul>
  34. 34. Sustainable Happiness Survey Activity Before Course Carpooling 5 Water Conservation 8 Expressing Appreciation 7 Composting 12 Fair Trade Products 7 Walking for short trips 12 Physical Exercise 12 Public Transit 2 Local Products 8 Where Products are Made 6 Reducing Consumption 8
  35. 35. Sustainable Happiness Survey Activity Before Course One Year Later Carpooling 5 9 Water Conservation 8 12 Expressing Appreciation 7 16 Composting 12 13 Fair Trade Products 7 10 Walking for short trips 12 13 Physical Exercise 12 14 Public Transit 2 4 Local Products 8 14 Where Products are Made 6 13 Reducing Consumption 8 16
  36. 36. Natural Highs <ul><li>7. Hugs. </li></ul><ul><li>8. The first snow fall. </li></ul><ul><li>9. Playing in the ocean. </li></ul><ul><li>10. The smell of lilacs. </li></ul><ul><li>11. Hearing my favourite song. </li></ul><ul><li>12. An unexpected text message. </li></ul>1.
  37. 37. Natural Highs <ul><li>1. The cold side of the pillow. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Laughing so hard your face hurts. </li></ul><ul><li>3. A hot shower. </li></ul><ul><li>4. No lines at the supermarket. </li></ul><ul><li>5. A special glance. </li></ul><ul><li>6. Watching my daughter sleep. </li></ul>1.
  38. 38. Sustainable Happiness 1.
  39. 39. Sustainable Happiness <ul><li>Walking, cycling, active commuting </li></ul>
  40. 40. Sustainable Happiness! Source:  From the &quot;Active and Safe Routes to School Manitoba Clean Air Day Poster Design Competition 2009,” Resource Conservation Manitoba
  41. 41. Children’s Mobility, Health & Happiness: A Canadian School Travel Planning Model <ul><li>School Travel Planning in every province and territory </li></ul><ul><li>Influencing municipal and school board/district policy and practice </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable happiness and health </li></ul>
  42. 42. Sustainable Happiness and Health Education <ul><ul><li>Developed educational resource for K-6 that links sustainable happiness, with healthy, active lifestyles. </li></ul></ul>
  43. 47. Crestview, Manitoba <ul><li>&quot;This resource is exactly what we have been looking for as it effectively and efficiently ties together a variety of sustainability concepts under one common theme. Your opening quote in the document 'Sustainable Happiness' summed up our efforts at Crestview School in such a ...simple and concise manner.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Kyle Lizotte, Grade 5 teacher, Manitoba </li></ul>
  44. 48. <ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.sustainablehappiness.ca </li></ul>

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