Can Happiness be Learned? Happiness Expert at Oneness-Family School Answers 'Yes!'

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Happiness expert Christine Carter from UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center offered simple and proven ways to teach the skills and mindsets that foster happiness in children to more than 150 parents at Oneness-Family School in Chevy Chase, Maryland. "We know success and achievement don't predict happiness," said Dr. Carter, "but happiness does predict success and achievement." "The practices that Dr. Carter recommends to foster happiness in our children -- gratitude, empathy, persistent effort, conflict resolution and giving to the community - are embedded in our innovative Montessori curriculum, said Andrew Kutt, executive director of Oneness-Family School. The alignment of the classroom and the home in this way creates a powerful force for happiness for our children and in our community."

"We know that success and achievement don't predict happiness but happiness does predict success and achievement," Christine Carter

Happiness can be learned, according to Christine Carter, happiness expert and executive director of UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center. Speaking to a group of more than 150 parents at Oneness-Family School in Chevy Chase, MD, Dr. Carter, a sociologist and mother of two, cited new scientific research that proves that happiness is a learned skill and that parenting styles and practices have a tremendous effect on children's emotional outlook on life.

During a two-hour workshop at the school, and drawing upon what psychology, sociology and neuroscience have proven about confidence, gratefulness and optimism, Dr. Carter offered simple and proven ways to teach the skills and mindsets that foster these qualities in our children.

"We know success and achievement don't predict happiness," said Dr. Carter, "but happiness does predict success and achievement."

Introducing Dr. Carter at the opening of the workshop, Andrew Kutt, executive director of Oneness-Family School linked the importance of teaching happiness skills in the home and in schools, "The practices that Dr. Carter recommends to foster happiness in our children -- gratitude, empathy, persistent effort, conflict resolution and giving to the community - are embedded in our innovative Montessori curriculum. The alignment of the classroom and the home in this way creates a powerful force for happiness for our children and in our community. We are thrilled to host Dr. Carter and provide a platform for her to share her wisdom and approaches with families in the Metro DC area."

Christine Carter, Ph.D., is a sociologist and the author of the Amazon-ranked book, Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. She lives with her two young daughters in the San Francisco Bay area.

Oneness-Family School is an international peace academy for children from age two through eighth grade. Founded in 1988, it fosters personal growth, academic excellence and global citizenship for a community of students representing more than 50 nations. Its innovative Montessori-based curriculum features multi-age classrooms, foreign language studies and provides a challenging academic program integrated with art, music and physical education.

For more information on Oneness-Family School: http://www.onenessfamily.org

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