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Developing key social connections is of greater importance than ever previously realized. In addition, there is a tie between social connection and resilience.  While we do need time alone, that solitude is given meaning by the social connections we possess. What exactly does this mean? The impact of losing social connections Think about the latest pop stars. They worked toward a goal of becoming more successful, and, when they reach …

When was the last time you told a person how much he meant to you? How he helped you during your lifetime? And offered examples of what he said or did that made such an impact? Researchers Seligman, Steen, Park and Peterson tested five different exercises in 2005 and found that writing, in letter format, that for which you are grateful, and delivering that letter to the person to whom …

Have you ever taken the time to reflect on how busy you are, and compare that to how you value the tasks you are doing each day? I remember telling my mom, years ago: “I’m involved in all sorts of activities each and every day; I’m always busy! But, truth be told, the only things of VALUE I do involve my children…and that only happens when they’re out of school!” …

When was the last time you said thank you to the people who made a difference in your life? And, do you realize just how many people have offered assistance along the way? Do you realize that teamwork is what made the difference for you? There is no “I” in TEAM Shawn Achor’s book, Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being, spends quite …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …