Happiness Lessons around the world

Pathways to the wellbeing of our children

What is it about?

Based on the results of positive psychology, Happiness Lessons complement the teaching of lexical knowledge with the teaching of well-being in nurseries and schools. Happiness Lessos support the well-being of children, teens and teachers in a strategic and scientific way, to strengthen the ability to be happy through the development of individual and social skills, to actively cope with stress, and to create a strength-focused institutional culture.

“The Happiness Lesson is an age-specific school programme that provides practical and theoretical knowledge based on personal experience to help individuals achieve total well-being.” (dr. prof. Attila Oláh, leader of Positive Psychology Research Centre at Eötvös Loránd University) 

Who is it for?

For children ages 3 to 6

For nursery and preschoolers and their carers and teachers to plant a positive mindset from the beginning and learn positive communication.

For children ages 6 to 10

For elementary students and their teachers/parents to foster seeds of happiness, growth mindset, positivity and wellbeing.

For children ages 10 to 14

For secondary students and their teachers/parents to strengthen those happiness skills and to support flourishing.

For teens ages 14 to 20

For teenagers and their teachers/parents to support flourishing, focusing attention and coping with emotions.

For Special Needs

For students in Special Needs Education and their teachers/parents to explore their best potential and nurture positivity.

Our Results


More than 1500 institutions, schools and kindergartens are taking part in the Happiness Lesson Integrated Programmes.

150 000+

More than 150.000 children benefit from the Happiness Lessons via the Integrated Programmes.


7500+ teachers are working with us in Hungary and in other countries in Europe. They burst high community activity and enjoy our full support.


The Programmes are running in 8 countries in Europe: Austria, Germany, Portugal, Serbia, Croatia, Romania and Slovakia.

The Positive Psychology Research Centre led by prof. dr. Attila Oláh at ELTE University assessed the impact of the Happiness Lesson Programme in 2016, and found it effective for building safer and more loving environments for kids to better engage in learning.

Our Impact

Presenting teacher's experiences of the Happiness Lesson Programme for preschool and school children
Hungarian Public Health Journal, 2022.
Summary: The development of Happiness Program for preschool and school age groups was started under the auspices of the Jobb Veled a Világ Foundation. In our study, we briefly present the theoretical background and methodology of this ......
Hungarian Psychological Journal, 2019.
For adults, there are many questionnaires available to measure subjective well-being and mental health, but for children there is a shortage of such tests. Measuring subjective well-being in a school setting is also important, but no test is available in English for primary school age. ...

Happiness lessons
around the world

The Happiness Lesson Integrated Programmes are already running in 8 countries in Europe. You can also practice the Happiness Lessons. Contact us for more information!

For whom?


Are your working with kids as a profession? Do you believe that wellbeing is as essential as other subjects? Are you looking for a methodology that supports self-esteem and resilience? Are you yourself ready for a positive change that comes with this Program?

Then the Happiness Lessons Program is for YOU!


We all wish that our children become happy adults who have built resilience, wellbeing, strength and joy in their upbringing and are equipped with tools to face the challenges of life. Can these things be learnt and taught? We believe, we know, they can.

Are you interested, how?

Happiness Lesson Integrated Programmes

Framework for teaching well-being

Our team

Bella Bagdi

  • President and founder of The World is Better With You Foundation
  • Founder and co-author of the Happiness Lesson Programmes
  • Psychologist and Researcher
  • Mindfulness teacher (MBSR, MBCT)

Prof. Dr. Emőke Bagdy
scientific supervisor

  • Professor Emeritus
  • University lecturer at Károli Gáspár University, Budapest
  • Supervisor
  • Specialist clinical psychologist
  • European psychotherapist trainer
  • Co-author of the Happiness Lessons manuals

Prof. Attila Oláh
scientific advisor

  • Consulting scientific advisor of the Happiness Lessons Program
  • Leader of Positive Psychology Laboratory at Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest
  • University lecturer
  • Former President of the Hungarian Psychological Association

Zsofia Jozifek
international coordinator

  • Coordinator of the Happiness Lessons Program
  • Art therapist, Drama teacher
  • International project coordinator and expert
  • Trainer, facilitator, group leader

Happiness Lesson Basics

Practicing gratitude

List five things from today that you feel grateful for (people, places, events, meetings, special moments).


What can you do to create a great tomorrow for yourself? Name three things.

Nurturing relationships

Send a note to someone special with a kind message.

Act of kindness

Who was the last person who did something good for you? Thank them. PLan to do something good, however small it is, for them.

Setting and achieving goals

What is your most important goal for you right now? What are the things you are already doing to achieve it? What more could you do? Who can help you with that?

Coping strategies

Which strategy are you already using when in stress: reading, exercise, nature, music, talking to a friend, writing, meditation?

Savoring life's joys

What little things make you happy? Small happy moments in your life? Today try to dwell in them for a bit longer than you usually do and take them in.

Practising forgiveness

Don’t hesitate to say sorry when you need to. And don’t hesitate to accept apologies.

Physical activity

Set up a 30 mins exercise challenge for yourself today. May it be running, walking or trekking - just go and do it. And try to really enjoy every minute of it, being grateful for the body you have!

Sustainable happiness

Which is your favourite happiness enhancing technique? Which one you haven’t tried? Give it a go today!

Character Strengths


Creativity - Curiosity - Judgement - Love of learning - Perspective


Bravery - Honesty - Perseverance - Zest


Kindness - Love - Social Intelligence


Fairness - Leadership - Teamwork


Forgiveness - Humility - Prudence - Self-Regulation


Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence - Gratitude - Hope - Humor - Spirituality

Self-confidence building activties

Developing a motivating vision

Draw a mountain and draw yourself at the beginning of the path! Also draw yourself at the top! Decorate your drawing wih your feelings!

Positive self-image

In pairs face each other and one of you do slow movements, which your partner follows and mirrors back to you! Give positive feedback about what you liked!

Healthy self-esteem

Draw a flower and write or simbolize your most important personality traits in the petals! Observe the balance of positive characteristics and to be developed areas and talk about 'healthy confidence'!

Fulfilling character strengths

Talk about character strenghts, and create superheroes who are master of one Character Strentgh! Draw them and organize a Heroe Party when you all dress up be your heroes!

Unconditional self-love

List 3 things why you are 'lovely! You can start the senctences with: Because I notice... Because every day I... Because sometimes I...


Draw yourself in a difficult a moment pacticing compassion with your own self!

Growth Mindset

Try to create something that you have never done and find self-motivating sentences for yourself!

Positive relationships

Give positive feedback and positive affirmations to your friends adn observe the consequences!

Inspiring self-belief

Collect memories of success stories about things that you have never believed you could ever do!

Confidence for life

Create a rainbow about "self-confidence" and all you have learnt about its aspects! Put it up your bed/desk/mirror to help you remember that you are great!

Mindfulness for kids and teens

Relaxation techniques

Use your hands to create a butterfly by crossing your thumbs! Let your buttrfly fly to your chest and rest there. Let your butterfly move its wings. How does this feel?

Focus exercises

Make groups of different tasks: snap, drumbeat, clap. Create a rythm and keep repeating it!

Coping with difficulties

In a difficult moment sit down and massage gently your forehead, cheeks, and eyes for 60 seconds!

Meditation practices

Sit down with a partner relying at each others' backs and breath together for a couple of moments. Try to harmonize your breathing with your partner!


Creat your image-diary of feelings that you use to feel and your language does not have a word for!