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What do a retired teacher, former chemotherapy patient, and empty-nester mom have in common? More than you might think: they’ve all been removed, in some way, from their communities. The retired teacher, after spending years saying hello to the same families, same colleagues, same school support staff, and same administrators, is suddenly afloat. She had looked forward to the time when she would have more time to read, exercise, shop, …

What do Shawn Achor and Martin Seligman have in common? They’ve both realized that happiness is a choice; they’ve learn, and are busy teaching others, that there are scientifically proven strategies that can change your personal happiness set point. Shawn Achor, a former Harvard lecturer and author of Before Happiness and The Happiness Advantage, is now CEO of GoodThink, a happiness consulting firm. He has spoken all over the world …

Mindfulness. Such a huge buzzword these days. Benefits of Mindfulness Dr Dan Siegel says if there were a pill on the market that did everything mindfulness has been proven to do, that pill would be flying off the shelves. Scientifically proven to decrease blood pressure, heart and brain problems, inflammations, emotional reactivity, anxiety, stress, and rumination, it is also proven to improve immune systems, heart rate, longevity, focus and attention, …

You send your child to school and presume everything possible will be done on your child’s behalf. He will be taught by the best teachers in the world, be motivated to achieve to his full potential, and will become an engaged, responsible person who will become a contributing member of society. Right? Well, maybe. The truth is that schools can’t do it all. While many teachers and schools are extraordinary, …

A school leader once related the following story when talking about the changing attitudes regarding parents and their ties to their child’s educational experience: When I was little I’d bring home a note from the teacher, hand it to my parent, and my parent would smack me and say, “What did you do?!” Today, a child brings home a note from the teacher, hands it to a parent, the parent …

  Many years ago, a well-rounded education was one that fully attended to the subjects of reading, writing, and arithmetic. While I hate to use a cliché, We’ve come a long way, baby! A typical academic program Today’s education system includes much more than the components of a basic education. The more modern programs include problem solving, group dynamics, and projects with real-world objectives that not only include the basic …

What are your thoughts as you witness another school year coming to a close? Has the year been everything you’d hope it could be? What changes would you consider? Ideas to improve school culture To ensure that the school atmosphere is one that encourages not only academic success, but also stresses social-emotional growth, consider the positive results that such an emphasis would create. Having an attitude of perseverance and grit …

You’ve reached the point where you can admit you have a problem — and that you want to get better. There have been too many blackouts, fights, lost money, and really bad decisions. You are finally ready to come clean. But there’s a reason they call this an addiction, not a hobby. Getting past substance abuse can be very difficult. There are physical addictions, psychological addictions, friends as enablers, and …

Some days I’m just tired. I can’t seem to find the energy to exercise, cook, chat, or tackle any of the zillion and one things I could, or should, be accomplishing. But, rather than forcing myself out of my funk, which is sometimes necessary, I might decide to just go with the feeling…and have a personal meditation retreat day. Whether indoors or out, I can meditate for extended periods of …

Shawn Achor, a well-known Harvard lecturer, happiness researcher, and TedX speaker, says we’ve got it all wrong. Typically, the world seems to hold as true the notion that our reality shapes us; what we’ve achieved or have determines our levels of happiness. But, according to Achor, this isn’t true. Rather than our reality shaping us, it’s the lens through which we view our reality that really has an impact on …