Hanneke Velthuijsen (HvA): Happy Minds

Hanneke Velthuijsen (HvA): Happy Minds – A high impact stress reduction method for mental & emotional well-being in urban education

In today’s society, children are increasingly experiencing stress. They face social-emotional problems more often than ever before. A promising solution to this issue appears to be mindfulness and SEL (Social-Emotional Learning). These practices teach children from an early age how to cope with feelings, emotions, and tension, benefiting them throughout their lives and also benefiting society. While mindfulness is gaining ground in education, it has not yet been implemented systematically for entire classrooms, despite its proven effectiveness. Therefore, the goal is to introduce an evidence-based method from abroad and implement it in the Netherlands, teaching children how to be happy and maintain their happiness.

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