Jamie Rawsthorne, coming from United Kingdom and winner of Sol Global Challenge shares his view about hapinness
Attending this Global Forum was a great opportunity for me and my peers to share our views and also have an insight to other views at a place with like-minded people who also want to change the world.
I believe in the power of education so much that with it, we can tackle all other 5 topics covered by SOL and many more. I strongly believe the education system massively under emphasises the power, beauty and importance of happiness and if children were to learn at an early age of the importance and necessity to pursue it, our world would be revolutionised. Promoting happiness in education and analysing the results of schools changing their philosophy when teaching students to happiness=success rather than money=success is what I will be writing about.
First of all, I believe leaders can run their company based on how happy their employees are and Vishen Lakhiani is a prime example of this with his company MindValley. Vishen has done a great talk called, *”Why happiness is the new productivity.” His company grew 80% for 5 years straight from 2006 to 2011 and continues to run successfully, all based off a business model that ensures everyone that works for him is completely happy and enjoys their ‘work’ but still has a long-term vision for their future.
I think companies should recruit new employees by asking them questions that make the applicants’ perceptions for happiness stand out. Applicants will then know that the company cares about them and how they are feeling and also gives the employer ideas for how to make the new employees happy by rewarding them personally and helping them achieve what they want from life. This immediately acts as a common vision between all employees and the company which is key for many companies success.
I think once governments start seeing how successful companies are becoming after promoting happiness within their organisations they will encourage other organisations to adopt a similar approach around the importance of happiness and even encourage it within their own government party. Imagine politicians differing on how happy they can make you rather than how much money they will save you on cigarettes or tax.
When talking about World War 2, *Tony Benn, a labour politician said, “If you can have full employment by killing Germans, why can’t you have full employment building hospitals and schoosl?” Being educated to have a passion for happiness will set the foundation for a continuous improving workforce in the economy. Not only will people be wanting to learn more for themselves they will also be working at *flow, which is the optimum productivity level. Having happiness as something that everyone is working towards will also bring together a diverse but coherent society and eliminate discrimination.
I know it sounds crazy tackling all of these issues by encouraging happiness in education however I genuinely believe of it’s power. Donald Trump said, “Learn to manage your mind. Do not let a situation lure you into thinking negatively. Every time a negative thought comes at you ZAP IT! Replace it with positive thoughts. That takes energy but the result will be stamina, positive stamina, the necessary ingredient for success”.