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We all have those times where we find ourselves upset, and that’s when the knee-jerk reactions kick in. But, have you ever taken the time to decide how you will calm yourself to the point that you can offer a thoughtful response instead? Maybe it’s time we all give the idea some thought. The habit of a negative response I remember, as a teacher and then a principal, there were …

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 …

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 …

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Music moves me. It’s able to change my moods from feeling sad to happy, hopeless to hopeful, and totally lost to empowered and ready to set the world on fire. So, it’s little wonder that when I heard the song, You Will be Found, from the Dear Evan Hansen Broadway play, it was like a lightening bolt through my heart. You …

I love to do the New York Times crossword puzzle every morning. And I’m getting better at them…yeah, me! But one of the clues in today’s puzzle let me know that my personal and professional worlds are colliding. Actually, they already had; after all, I take myself with me wherever I go, but when the answer to a crossword puzzle clue is AMYGDALA…well, no further proof is necessary. AMYGDALA is …

How often are your conversations focused around the “good” stuff? Doing good deeds formally, or informally, with an organization? Going out of your way to help the less fortunate? Doing something toward your own self-care? Every so often news programs present a feature, or series, that highlight the positives. And that does bring attention to the activity. But, what if we went one step further and combined the desire to …

Happiness has become such a large part of today’s daily conversation that it actually has its own day. Like, literally. And internationally. The International Day of Happiness is scheduled for March 20 and there’s no time like the present to start planning. Organizations are making arrangements, thinking of a multitude of ways to spotlight the day and, at the same time, hoping that one day of happiness turns into many, …

To accomplish more, you need to do less. I don’t know who first made this statement, or even figured it out, but it’s true. Think about it. You have to finish a project at work, be on time to drive a carpool, finish the laundry, and write a blog before the article goes live tomorrow. You are so frazzled just thinking about the many different things that must be accomplished …

Music has always touched me. If I’m feeling sad, I can listen to selections that will allow me to wallow in my misery, or move me from my grief back to feelings of happiness. And then there are the selections that I use for empowerment. These, I think, may be the most useful of all. Not just for me, but for many. Some songs remind me that I should never …

Media messages are often criticized. Especially when considering diverse groups of people such as women, older generations, people of color, those with disabilities, and people with alternative lifestyles, groups are often portrayed in a more stereotypical manner. Yet, sometimes it is possible to find messages that are deserving of positive attention. The movie, Bridesmaids, with Melissa McCarty as the groom’s sister, Megan, and Kristin Wiig as the bride’s long-time friend, …