Happy Students=Healthy Students and Happy School=Healthy School




Session Description

Happy students are more motivated, enjoy coming to school more, and even have higher academic achievement (Hinton & Shiller, 2015). This session provides the theory behind happiness and the role it plays in developing healthier school environments as well as activities that can be incorporated into the classroom and school in general. All students, faculty, staff, and administrators will benefit from learning how to be kind, supportive, and optimistic. See how applying these principles can transform your school to a place where students thrive and prosper. School should be a place everyone feels safe and welcomed.

Learning Objectives

     #1 Identify a minimum of five reasons focusing on happiness concepts can improve the school environment and how it can benefit each student.
     #2 Implement at least five learning activities that will positively impact students as well as the school environment.
     #3: Articulate why it is necessary to involve the whole school, whole child, and whole community to have the greatest impact on student happiness.

About the Presenter

Presenter, Steve Goodwin's headshotStephen Goodwin, Associate Professor, University of Delaware
Steve Goodwin started teaching at the university level in 1984 at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. After receiving his Ph.D. in Health Education under Dr. Larry K. Olsen at The Pennsylvania State University in 1991, he came to the University of Delaware in 1993 to work in the teacher health and physical education preparation program. Currently, in his 36rd year of teaching at the university level, he is an associate professor at the University of Delaware. Steve has taught a wide variety of courses including courses in health behavior theory, teaching mental health, methods and materials of health education, personal health, current issues in health promotion, adapted physical activity, the art of happiness, and supervised student teachers. His current research is on how improving happiness can improve one’s academic experience.

Beth Orsega-Smith, Associate Professor, University of Delaware
Beth Orsega-Smith, PhD is currently an associate professor at the University of Delaware in the Department of Behavioral Health & Nutrition. She received her bachelors of science from Pennsylvania State University in exercise science, masters of science from East Stroudsburg University in cardiac rehabilitation and primary prevention, and her PhD from the Pennsylvania State University in biobehavioral health. She is the director of the graduate health promotion program at the University of Delaware. While much of her research has focused on the older adult population, she is currently working with a local school to see how a kindness intervention may impact student outcomes as well as the school environment. Previous to the current study, Beth directed a highly successful happiness intervention at some local senior centers. She has also worked on intergenerational program to connect grandchildren with their grandparents to improve both fitness and health along with the relationship between the two generations.


Continuing Education 

This presentation has been approved for the following continuing education units:

Approving BoardProfessionsCEUs Offered
NMBCCHPBehavioral Health Providers1.5

To receive credit, you must attend the session in its entirety and complete the session evaluation within 48 hours of the session conclusion.  As per board requirements, attendance will be taken at the beginning and end of the session.




Jul 08 2020


10:00 am - 11:15 am




(505) 266-3451