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Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation. Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart? So this year, Muthler is opting Noah out of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, using a broad religious and ethical exemption.

Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart?

Just knowing he won’t be taking the tests in March has put Noah in a better frame of mind about school. “The pressure is off his shoulders now,” his mother said. When he doesn’t grasp a concept immediately, he can talk it through without any panic. “He looks forward to science class and math class again,” Muthler said. What if the Secret to Success Is Failure? Over the course of the next year and a half, Duckworth worked with Levin and Randolph to turn the list of seven strengths into a two-page evaluation, a questionnaire that could be completed by teachers or parents, or by students themselves.

What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?

For each strength, teachers suggested a variety of “indicators,” much like the questions Duckworth asked people to respond to on her grit questionnaire, and she road-tested several dozen of them at Riverdale and KIPP. She eventually settled on the 24 most statistically reliable ones, from “This student is eager to explore new things” (an indicator of curiosity) to “This student believes that effort will improve his or her future” (optimism). Self-compassion - A Healthier Way of Relating to Yourself. How to Explore and Study Intention: 10 steps. Edit Article Edited by George AP, Teresa, Flickety, Daniel and 10 others Intention is a surprisingly important, but rarely explored part of the mind, as its significance is only important after the fact.

How to Explore and Study Intention: 10 steps

Brain Article.pdf. Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life (9781400078394): Martin E. P. Seligman. Jane Ellen Stevens: The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. "Adverse childhood experiences" has become a buzzword in social services, public health, education, juvenile justice, mental health, pediatrics, criminal justice, medical research and even business.

Jane Ellen Stevens: The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

The ACE Study - the CDC's Adverse Childhood Experiences Study -- has recently been featured in the New York Times, This American Life, and Paying attention is a skill: Schools need to teach it. Photo by Shutterstock.

Paying attention is a skill: Schools need to teach it.

Writing - for health and happiness? 17 August 2013Last updated at 01:11 GMT By Cathy Edwards Health Check, BBC World Service There are risks and benefits to sharing your emotions online Decades of research have shown that writing down your emotions has concrete health benefits - even helping wounds heal.

Writing - for health and happiness?

But as more and more people publish their intimate feelings online, could they be doing themselves more harm than good? University - Exercise reorganizes the brain to be more resilient to stress. Posted July 3, 2013; 02:30 p.m. by Morgan Kelly, Office of Communications Physical activity reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function, according to a research team based at Princeton University.

University - Exercise reorganizes the brain to be more resilient to stress

The researchers report in the Journal of Neuroscience that when mice allowed to exercise regularly experienced a stressor — exposure to cold water — their brains exhibited a spike in the activity of neurons that shut off excitement in the ventral hippocampus, a brain region shown to regulate anxiety. These findings potentially resolve a discrepancy in research related to the effect of exercise on the brain — namely that exercise reduces anxiety while also promoting the growth of new neurons in the ventral hippocampus. Because these young neurons are typically more excitable than their more mature counterparts, exercise should result in more anxiety, not less. Applying Learned Optimism (Schulman) 28 Ways to Stop Complicating Your Life.

Springtime Renewal: Ten Quotations to Inspire You. My thoughts have turned to spring, partly because my eyes are itching and partly because the trees up and down my block are in bloom. My friends in the Southern Hemisphere are coming to the end of summer, not winter, but I hope they'll be inspired by these quotations and commentary anyway. {*style:<b><i> "Woman with a Parasol in a Garden" by Renoir Perhaps the earth can teach us </i></b>*} How to Make Mindfulness a Habit With Only a Tiny Commitment. When you sit back and reminisce about your life, it’s almost a given that the most enjoyable and memorable moments are the ones in which you were completely present.

How to Make Mindfulness a Habit With Only a Tiny Commitment

Do you look back with fondness all the times you spent thinking about work while you drove home, or pondered dinner while you wheeled down the frozen aisle? Unfortunately most of life passes that way for most of us. We’re in one place doing one thing, thinking of things we aren’t doing and places we aren’t at. The bottom line of almost all self-help, spiritual, or religious literature is that our ability to be happy is determined by our ability to stay in the present moment. How to Build Self-Discipline. Discipline is freedom.

How to Build Self-Discipline

Rules of Life, Life Quotes, Tumblr Quotes, Relatable Quotes, Inspirational Quotes. How Not to Be Offended. Editor’s note: This post was written by Shemsi Prinzivalli.

How Not to Be Offended

There is an ancient and well-kept secret to happiness which the Great Ones have known for centuries. They rarely talk about it, but they use it all the time, and it is fundamental to good mental health. This secret is called The Fine Art of Not Being Offended. “Six Behaviors That Increase Self-Esteem” Dr. Denis Waitley. 30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself. The 20 Things You Need To Let Go To Be Happy. Everyone has one common goal in life: to achieve true happiness.

The biggest factor holding us back from achieving our dreams is, simply and sadly, our own selves. We put limitations on ourselves everyday, whether intentionally or unintentionally. There are so many ways we can alleviate these restraints. Remember, life can either be something you embrace or something you hide from. 45 Things I Wish I Could Tell To My Younger Self. Bret (11 yrs old) at the breakfast table Today, I am 45… although most days I feel about 15 years younger. It was a weird thing yesterday, filling out a tour waiver here in Mexico and realizing it was the last time I could truthfully check off the 25-44 age bracket box. How I Was Able to Ace Exams Without Studying. Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Scott Young of

In high school, I rarely studied. Despite that, I graduated second in my class. In university, I generally studied less than an hour or two before major exams. Ten Choices You Will Regret in 10 Years. “If only…” These two words paired together create one of the saddest phrases in the English language. Here are ten choices that ultimately lead to this phrase of regret, and how to elude them: 1. Wearing a mask to impress others. – If the face you always show the world is a mask, someday there will be nothing beneath it. 12 Little Known Laws of Karma (That Will Change Your Life) How to Change Your Life: A User’s Guide. 22 Motivational Pictures To Get You Off Your Ass : DormStormer. 8 Books For a Higher Existence. The Defining Question Of Your Life. The Most Effective Way to Create New Habits.

Alternative Sleep Cycles: You Don’t Really Need 6-8 Hours! Most people only think that there is one way to sleep: Go to sleep at night for 6-8 hours, wake up in the morning, stay awake for 16-18 hours and then repeat. Actually, that is called a monophasic sleep cycle, which is only 1 of 5 major sleep cycles that have been used successfully throughout history. The other 4 are considered polyphasic sleep cycles due to the multiple number of naps they require each day. The SECRET for Undetectable Mind Control. What if Money Was No Object? The Top 5 Regrets of The Dying. A palliative nurse recorded the most common regrets of the dying and put her findings into a book called ‘The Top Five Regrets of The Dying.'

3 Censored TED Talks They Do Not Want You To See. Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips for Living a Kick-Ass Life. This Is What It Looks Like When You Realize How Toxic Your Job Is and You Do Something About It. Productivity Tip: Stop 'Working So Hard' Give and receive. Matthieu Ricard: The habits of happiness. 9 Mind-Bending Epiphanies That Will Turn Your World Upside-Down. How to Respond to Negative People Without Being Negative. Train Your Brain To Let Go Of Habits – 10 Methods For Creating New Neural Pathways. Can't Stand Meditation? This Technique is For You.

7 Reasons to Stop Proving Yourself to Everyone Else. INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES. 100 INSPIRING QUOTES. 15 Ways 2 B Iressistably Attractive. 50 LIFE SECRETS TIP. 45 LESSONS LIFE TAUGHT ME.