More than 1,500 children aged from two to five from all over the world have attended the Happiness Academy in a small town in Germany.
They are part of a global effort called the Happiness Generation.
“It is a dream come true for us because it has been so long,” the Happiness School Director, Kristian Rieder, told the BBC.
“The idea is to offer these kids a very healthy and happy childhood in the comfort of their own home, and they can also get out of the house and get active.”‘
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According to the Happiness Foundation, more than 1 million children have attended classes at some point in their lives, and there are plans to expand the number of classes to 10,000 in 2020.
“I’m a big believer that it’s the children who are the most resilient in a society,” Professor Riedger told the ABC.
And when you look to the middle classes, the middle class is the people that are most likely to have children and those who are most dependent on their children.””
We’ve seen a rise in this generation in the last five years.
And when you look to the middle classes, the middle class is the people that are most likely to have children and those who are most dependent on their children.”
The Happiness School is based in Ghent, the Netherlands, and runs an online course that helps parents to create their own ‘happiness zone’.
The program teaches parents how to use their creativity and imagination to achieve their own individual happiness goals.
“We also have an online workshop where you can get help with what you want to be doing with your life, and we also have a book where you’re able to write about your personal experiences,” Professor Robert van der Marel, the Happiness Director, told ABC News.
“If you want a really personal approach, we have the ‘Happiest Dad’ book which gives advice for dads on what’s important in life and how to spend your time with your kids.”
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