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  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 …

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 …

As a principal, I had the honor, the privilege, and, sometimes, the burden of hearing details from others that I would really rather never have known. Whose family member had been told about a diagnosis that would be leading to emotional upheaval until they would eventually be dealing with the death of a young adult with even younger loved ones. Which couple was planning to obtain a divorce and wanted …

It happened again. I got so mad and was busy blaming others for my upset. It was the lady who messed up the appointment. It was the man who didn’t listen to my directions. It was the lady who hadn’t returned the call. Did these things occur? Yes, they did. And the results were definitely inconveniences. But, at the end of the day, none of these things were such a …

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, …

Every so often life seems to beat us down. It feels like challenges are coming at a more rapid pace, disappointments appear more overwhelming, and it feels like we are encountering one setback after another. And that is a perfect time to simply stop…take a deep breath…and get a reality check on life. Are things that bad, or is negativity running away with us? The Brain and Negative Thinking Science …

I’m waiting until I get really upset about something to practice my mindfulness. These words, spoken by one of my clients when first discussing the best time to establish a daily mindfulness practice, could not have been further from the goal. The fact is, just like practicing to ride a bicycle or drive a car, it is an activity that must be done with regularity if positive results are to be …

I used to berate myself any time I perceived myself as being less than perfect: I’d stub my toe and say, “You are such a klutz!” I’d try on an outfit at the store and think, ”No way I could wear that!” How we speak to and about ourselves Speaking these thoughts to myself, I soon learned that these were examples of the negative thinking that are typical patterns for …

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 …