In some Bhutanese schools, the students and teachers start and finish their day with a silent moment of brain brushing’, a short mindfulness exercise. Ufabet.
Brain Brushing in Bhutan
Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhism, where the belief is that the human pursuit of everlasting happiness leads to suffering. We feel pain because nothing lasts. Mindfulness is about being present. Right here, right now, in this moment, and being loving and kind to yourself. Whereas our thoughts usually revolve around the future or the past, mindfulness is all about the ufabet present moment.
Because the Bhutanese focus on Gross National Happiness instead of Gross National Product, the country is almost a laboratory testing out different approaches to improve well-being.
One of these efforts is the GNH Curriculum, which targets ten non-academic ‘life skills’ in secondary-school students in a collaboration between the Bhutanese Ministry of Education and a team of researchers from University of Pennsylvania. One of these non-academic life skills is mindfulness.
More than eight thousand students participated in the study, in which the researchers randomly assigned the schools taking part either to the treatment group, which received the GNH Curriculum ufabet over fifteen months, or to the control group, which received a placebo GNH Curriculum over the same period.
The researchers tested two hypotheses. First, does the GNH Curriculum raise levels of well-being? And second, does increasing well-being improve academic performance? It found that the GNH Curriculum significantly increased student well-being and improved academic performance.