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Tes focus on…Positive psychology

The field of study behind mindfulness interventions and happiness assemblies aims to boost wellbeing, but is there firm evidence to support using such techniques in schools? Martin Seligman, the movement’s founder, tells Helen Amass some interventions can be highly beneficial – although not necessarily for all age groups

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If your school has a wellbeing programme, a mindfulness corner or regular assemblies promoting the development of “character strengths and virtues”, then it is likely that you have already heard of “positive psychology”. This field of study is driving the growth in initiatives designed to make people happier.

It’s a movement that is becoming more established. Back in 2010, it influenced David Cameron, then prime minister, to set out to measure the nation’s wellbeing through the UK’s first “happiness index” survey, and it has also spawned a university course in how to be happy – “Psychology and ...

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