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Is this new social engineering conceived and implemented by the boomers to make the next generation of young proletariats happy with their lot in their rabbit hutch housing?

Pupils to have a key to happiness

Pupils will be taught how to channel their emotions

Learning how to take the rough with the smooth and be happy with your lot is to be part of the curriculum at one of England's public schools.

Teachers at Wellington College in Berkshire will be coached in positive psychology to tutor well-being.

They will be overseen by Cambridge University psychologist Nick Baylis who wants pupils to focus both positive and "painful" emotions constructively.

College head Anthony Seldon said he saw it as a vital part of their education.

'Happy and secure'

He said: "To me, the most important job of any school is to turn out young men and women who are happy and secure - more important than the latest bulletin from the Department for Education about whatever."

Dr Seldon said there would be one lesson a week for pupils, aged 14 to 16, in years 10 and 11.

The classes will offer skills on how to manage relationships, physical and mental health, negative emotions and how to achieve ambitions.

Anthony Seldon

Our children need to know that as societies become richer, they don't become happier

They will be taught by the college's religious education staff, headed by Ian Morris.

Dr Seldon, a Christian, said the lessons would complement rather than substitute religion.

He said: "Celebrity, money and possessions are too often the touchstones for teenagers and yet these are not where happiness lies.

"Our children need to know that as societies become richer, they don't become happier - a fact regularly shown by social science research."

Dr Baylis has studied the lives of successful people to formulate his theory.

He said: "When it comes to happiness and pleasure I'd want to help students appreciate that there are helpful and unhelpful ways of feeling good.

'Quick-fix'

"For instance, setting out to consume pleasure through too much alcohol, sweets and TV, might bring us quick-fix feelings, but these effects will very quickly wear off and leave us feeling worse than when we started.

"By contrast, when we engage our own skills and efforts in something, perhaps by a little volunteering or playing sport or learning a challenging task, we actively create the sorts of positive feelings that can reverberate far more deeply for days after."

The programme will also examine how to constructively channel emotional pain such as frustration, fear, loneliness and shame.

"The essence of this principle is that it's not what happens to us that is the making and the measure of us, it's what we positively do about it," said Dr Baylis.

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People are happy when they have freedom and space, this country is not really interested in providing either, you can have a Freeview box with 40 channels of shopping tat instead.

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People are happy when they have freedom and space, this country is not really interested in providing either, you can have a Freeview box with 40 channels of shopping tat instead.

I agree totally. Freedom and space but would also add decent friends and family.

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People often do not start a family without space (dependable shelter).

A difficult concept for the government to fathom no doubt, having never been in that position themselves - the Labour party is full of those who have never done a days physical labour in their lives - and has been since well before the decline of the industrial and manufacturing sectors. They are no doubt relying on social expectations and attitudes from the 1950s (when there was a legitimate reason why there we no houses - they had all just been raized in the blitz!)

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