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Happiness seems to be a BIG topic these days: The Greater Good Science Center offers an on-line course called The Science of Happiness that examines scientifically proven strategies to improve personal levels of happiness. Since the program launched in 2014, this FREE class has had more than 450,000 people enroll who have benefited from the information. Yale University offers a class called Psy157, Psychology, and the Good Life. In less …

High performance psychologist Michael Gervais has much to say about what it takes to achieve mastery in your area. Working with mindset and mindfulness, Gervais says that it’s all about your level of awareness; I would say the truth of this statement is not to be underestimated. Establishing a habit of mindfulness Teaching mindfulness, there are many early learners who cannot begin to imagine the improvement their lives will see …

Do you ever wonder how some people carve out the time to complete a daily meditation or two? When you think about it, that could be almost an hour each day that you have chosen to give up in order to simply sit. But, is it only, really, sitting? The normal chores of each day Yes, you’re taking a break from television, house chores, movies, emails, phone calls, and so …

We all have times when we need to take a step back; in fact, we just feel we need a few moments for ourselves. A sadness or frustration seems to overtake us, and we need time to realign ourselves. Never fear; this is within the range of normal. In fact, we should allow ourselves to notice how we feel, realize how those thoughts and feelings are impacting our bodies, and …

While the holidays can allow much time for fun and adventure, it is also a time that many squander by the spiraling of negative thinking. People start ruminating about what they had meant to accomplish during the year, whom will be missed during special gatherings, or what hadn’t gone exactly as they had imagined. Rather than letting yourself become involved in unconstructive “yapping” of your brain, it might be a …

As an educator, I’ve always loved being inspired by children. When they speak, it may sometimes be a challenge to work my way to the true heart of what they are really trying to communicate, but it’s always well worth the time it takes to do so. Addressing a concern from a student One particularly important experience for me, as a teacher, occurred when a fourth grade boy suggested that …

  While my background is K-8 schooling, I recently attended a conference aimed toward college-age faculty, students, and environments. Offering copies of The Empowered Teacher: Proven Tips for Classroom Success, attendees asked questions about the information included in the book, and questioned the applicability of the subject matter. The overwhelming response proved that, while one might presume that the issues facing these different demographics would be unalike, responses from participants …

Every so often we all need to give it a rest. To regroup or recharge, taking a break is essential. What the experts say Dr Sandra Chapman at University of Texas at Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth tells us that the Power of None, time spent with the goal of completely quieting your mind, leads to increased creativity. That means disconnecting from all technology, removing oneself from any conversations, refraining from …

I see it all around me, and apparently I am not alone. I am constantly hearing about someone else who decided to cut themselves off from the social media that had become a part of their daily lives. The Negativity Bias These people who have removed themselves from their social media sites voice varying concerns: Negativity from friends or family–“Politics have become so divisive and family members are now yelling …

They say you teach what you most need to learn. For me, this could never be more true. I teach mindfulness to children, parents, and anyone else who comes to me. Sometimes I address groups of people, and other times I meet with small groups of family or friends. My most rewarding experiences typically involve incidents where I am working with one or more individuals who have finally “met their …