What they didn’t teach you at school but should have done… Part 4: How to be happy.

How to be happy… hmmm, that old chestnut.

Seriously, why don’t they teach you this at school? Is this not one of the most important life lessons you will ever learn? Sure, I appreciate that this is something you kinda need to figure out for yourself, but a bit of guidance wouldn’t go astray, would it?


How to be Happy

I don’t think that ‘being happy’ comes naturally to a lot of people. I know that a lot of my friends have struggled with this throughout their 20’s. I’m only 29, so I can’t attest to how this progresses into your 30’s and beyond, but I think it’s safe to say that this is something many people battle with throughout their lives.

At school we get taught a lot of meaningless stuff that we will never, ever have to recall again for the rest of our lives. I’m pretty sure I have no use for my ability to differentiate between different types of dinosaurs, or even my awesome talent to play Amazing Grace on the recorder, except perhaps to be able to help my kids with their homework one day.

I have just started reading ‘The Art of Happiness’ by the Dalai Lama, and it’s brilliant. I would hazard a guess that most teenagers would find this slightly more useful than memorising five different works of Shakespeare. Don’t get me wrong, Shakespeare is important, but so too is happiness.


Read More about what they didn’t teach you at school but should have done…

Part 1: If you are a female and you want to have a family one day, choose a career that is family friendly.

Part 2: How to have a baby.

Part 3: If you really don’t know what you want to do with your life, don’t go to university as a way of figuring it out.


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