John Lennon: “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
Makes you think… It isn’t a career choice, your marital status or given financial conditions that will determine your level of Happiness. Yet we are conditioned to think so.
From an early age, we value luxuries that money will buy, our parents push us to study and move on to higher education that will eventually lead to higher paying career paths, girls are expected to be married and have children by a certain age… but how do these contribute to happiness? Do they contribute at all to finding happiness?
What are instead the principles that should be taught in schools? What can we teach our children to ensure their success in finding happiness when they grow up? How can the words RESPECT, COMMITMENT, DISCIPLINE, HARD WORK, SETTING GOALS, SUCCESS/FAILURE, LOVE and SELF-ESTEEM, for example, become part of the empowering vocabulary we relay to our children?