AND FINALLY; Course That Is Teaching Happiness Come My Friends, 'Tis Not Too Late to Seek a Newer World for My Purpose Holds to Sail beyond the Sunsetuntil I Die to Strive, to Seek, to Find, and Not to Yield. from Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92)

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AND FINALLY; Course That Is Teaching Happiness Come My Friends, 'Tis Not Too Late to Seek a Newer World for My Purpose Holds to Sail beyond the Sunsetuntil I Die to Strive, to Seek, to Find, and Not to Yield. from Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92)


Byline: BEL MOONEY WWW.BELMOONEY.CO.UK

AT FIRST I was amazed that a course on happiness is proving the most popular ever at America's elite university, Yale.

Why, I thought, does anybody think it can be taught? Learn proper philosophy instead! Read a 19th century novel!

As a student, I worried about work, of course. Is there really more pressure now? Then I took my inner fuddy-duddy to task. Just because my generation would have been astonished that happiness could be deemed worthy of formal study doesn't mean it isn't a brilliant - and essential - idea for a much more complicated age.

Professor Laurie Santos (a youthful 43-year-old) became worried about the crisis in mental health among students on both sides of the Atlantic (and I imagine there's a similar situation in Europe).

Inevitably, she concluded that smartphone technology has played an incalculable role in adding to the stress young people experience.

Reduced eye contact and verbal communication; the endless comparisons made on social media; fake news you name it. It showers down on the young, night and day, like a Biblical plague. No wonder so many are depressed. …

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