The Happiness Class: Character, Leadership & 21st Century Skills

"The supreme quality of leadership is integrity." –Dwight Eisenhower, US President
Course Introduction

Welcome to Happiness Class!  Our course is designed to help you further develop your social and emotional skills through the study of happiness.  

This course is all about you!  
  • What does it mean to be happy?  What makes people happy in general, and what specifically makes me happy?
  • How does happiness impact my health, and how does my health and physical fitness impact my happiness?
  • How do I define success?  What is it that I really want?
  • What is my opinion of myself and of others?
  • How confident am I, and how can I develop confidence?  
  • How well do I work and communicate with others? 
  • How do I handle stress and anxiety?
  • What does good character look like to me?  How can I make good decisions?  How can I be tactful and respectful to others, yet maintain my independence?      
During our semester together we will be learning about the important topics of employability, character traits, health literacy, responsible decision making, self-management, social awareness, civic literacy, self-awareness, relationship skills, and leadership principles.

Students should recognize that being a person of character, or becoming a leader, does not mean you have to be a perfect
person. Being a leader is less about perfection, and more about understanding your imperfections. Leaders first learn how to battle through their imperfections, and then how to improve themselves. Therefore, our happiness class doesn't attempt to create perfect students, nor does it seek to develop perfect leaders.  

We instead focus on teaching students how to recognize and improve what they see as their shortcomings. Character and happiness first, leadership second. 

Below you will find class goals, curriculum guide, character traits, leadership principles, and leadership styles which we will use in class.