World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
The mental aspect of health is very much neglected in society.
There is a decline in the basic human values of compassion, generosity, sharing and caring, trust, patience, perseverance, dignity, humility etc. We are born with these human values. They are the hallmark of human evolution and the basis of a peaceful and prosperous world. Their decline in the world is due to many factors, the main one being stress.
We are taught how to solve complicated mathematical problems, how to speak English without any errors, how to create a web page for oneself but we are not taught how to handle stress, how to overcome fear, how to face difficult situations without being shaken. One regularly comes across stories of People committing crime or committing suicide. Have you asked these questions. Why does this happen? Why is it that they are not able to manage stress ? Kids without skills to handle emotions will grow up to be messed up individuals with a lot of emotional garbage and zero vision.
A Beggar asks 3 things
If you could give only one of the three what would you give? I am sure most of us will agree on education because by giving him education you are empowering the beggar to get the first two. With more and more educated individuals getting into terrorism, the present beggar has to be given much more than education. He has to be taught values along with education so that he could use his education in a right manner.
We need to stop thinking of Social science as just another subject with 10 others and give it the important it deserves with respect to the current scenario. Hindu scriptures emphasizes the importance of mind management along with Yoga and meditative techniques (Body and Mind).
Some of these practices calm the mind and remove all the negative emotions. By teaching kids we are teaching at the grass root level, an attempt to make this world violence free, emotional garbage free.