Happiness and Sustainability

Today is the International Day of Happiness, which was established by the United Nations in 2012 to remind us how important happiness and well-being are for human life. In the justification for this International Day, the UN emphasises the importance of sustainable development for individual and collective happiness. In a world that is constantly changing, characterised by uncertainty and complex challenges, skills such as resilience, empathy, critical thinking and social competence play a crucial role in our well-being. The ability to deal with change, make sustainable decisions and build positive relationships are key factors for a fulfilling life.

So our project is also about this: When we develop sustainability skills, we promote the ability to solve complex problems and take responsibility. Skills such as critically questioning practices, collaborating in interdisciplinary teams and striving for positive change are also a path to greater happiness and satisfaction.

The Green Comp EU describes the sustainability competences in detail and they serve to create a more sustainable working and living environment by actively helping to shape a better future. In this way, we can strengthen our own self-confidence, develop a sense of purpose and commitment to a world worth living in – and in our learners. The ability to bring about positive change and work together to find solutions creates a sense of satisfaction, both on a personal and societal level.

By integrating these competences into our educational practices, we can not only contribute to solving global challenges, but also help our learners lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.
Our Finnish project partners already seem to be doing a lot of things right on this path, because according to the UN index, they can once again call themselves the happiest people in the world. Let’s learn from Finland.

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