Happiness lessons for students at Great Yarmouth College

Great Yarmouth College principal Stuart Rimmer with students

Great Yarmouth College principal Stuart Rimmer with students - Credit: Archant

A college is putting happiness on its curriculum as it forges an innovative partnership with an organisation dedicated to building a happier and more caring society.

Great Yarmouth College principal Stuart Rimmer with students

Great Yarmouth College principal Stuart Rimmer with students - Credit: Archant

Students at Great Yarmouth College will complete modules in wellbeing, in an effort to help them understand the importance of physical and mental health, and they will also be able to practice yoga and meditation, as well as seek advice, at a Sport and Wellbeing Centre the college is developing.

The college said its partnership with Action for Happiness, whose patron is the Dalai Lama, would see it integrate the organisation's Ten Keys to Happier Living throughout its activities.

Principal Stuart Rimmer said: 'I know this might seem a bit airy-fairy to some people but there are clear benefits to be derived from taking an integrated approach to wellbeing.

'Our students will be exposed to opportunities and experiences they probably wouldn't have come across before, and which will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.


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'Charities and voluntary organisations will benefit from establishing links with more open-minded young people with a pride in their community. And businesses will find they're taking on well-rounded employees with a positive outlook on life.'

He said the college would also be focusing on the wellbeing of staff.

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Mark Williamson, director of Action for Happiness, said: 'We are delighted to be partnering with Great Yarmouth College to help promote a positive and inclusive approach to mental wellbeing across all areas of college life.

'The team here recognises that wellbeing is more than just a 'nice-to-have' and is essential to good learning, health, relationships and lifelong success. It's great to see such a wide range of different activities and services joined up to provide the greatest possible benefits for students.'

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