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A Map Of How Emotions Influence Our Lives, Commissioned By The Dalai Lama. The five circles slowly pulsing on my screen are meant to visualize the entire core of human emotion.

A Map Of How Emotions Influence Our Lives, Commissioned By The Dalai Lama

Fear. Disgust. Anger. Sadness. A Brand New 'Atlas' Shows Where Different Ideas Live in Our Brains. A man on the radio is talking about what it was like to come out to his family as gay.

A Brand New 'Atlas' Shows Where Different Ideas Live in Our Brains

The sound of his voice streams into the ear of the listener and vibrates in the snail shell-shaped cavity of her cochlea. The sounds are translated into electric impulses, which shoot along her nerves into her auditory cortex. Language processing centers start parsing the story for syllables, words, rhythm and syntax. Testing for Joy and Grit? Schools Nationwide Push to Measure Students’ Emotional Skills. Argument still rages about whether schools can or should emphasize these skills.

Testing for Joy and Grit? Schools Nationwide Push to Measure Students’ Emotional Skills

Critics say the approach risks blaming the victim — if only students had more resilience, they could rise above generational poverty and neglected schools — and excuses uninspired teaching by telling students it is on them to develop “zest,” or enthusiasm. Groups that spent decades urging the country toward higher academic standards worry about returning to empty talk of self-esteem, accepting low achievement as long as students feel good. But teaching social-emotional skills is often seen as a way to move away from a narrow focus on test scores, and to consider instead the whole child.

When did the self-help movement lose its ethical seriousness? With metronomic regularity, new books about both the strange and the mundane things human beings do with metronomic regularity become bestsellers.

When did the self-help movement lose its ethical seriousness?

The American ‘habit’ industry produces a huge popular literature examining how habits are formed and how they are broken, how they enable and how they hinder, and how they are a function of heroic self-discipline or a confession of its absence. They maintain that people can cultivate not just a ‘learning habit’ but even an ‘achievement habit’.

Albert Camus on strength of character, a beautiful animated short film inspired by Oliver Sacks, David Foster Wallace on writing, and more. Communities of Character. We live in an individualistic age.

Communities of Character

As Marc J. Dunkelman documents in his book “The Vanishing Neighbor,” people tend to have their close group of inner-ring family and friends and then a vast online outer-ring network of contacts, but they are less likely to be involved in middle-ring community organizations. Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier. Photo TWENTY-FOUR years ago this month, my wife and I married in Barcelona, Spain.

Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier.

Two weeks after our wedding, flush with international idealism, I had the bright idea of sharing a bit of American culture with my Spanish in-laws by cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner. Easier said than done. The Science of Happiness: Why complaining is literally killing you. Sometimes in life, all the experience and knowledge simmering around in that ol’ consciousness of ours combines itself in a way that suddenly causes the cerebral clockwork to click into place, and in this fluid flow of thought we find an epiphany rising to the surface.

The Science of Happiness: Why complaining is literally killing you.

One such point for me came in my junior year at University. It changed the way I viewed the world forever as it catapulted me out of the last of my angsty, melancholic youth and onto a path of ever-increasing bliss. Sounds like I’m verging on feeding you some new-agey, mumbo-jumbo, doesn’t it? Well, bear with me, because I assure you the point here is to add some logical evidence to the ol’ cliches, to give you what I would consider my Science of Happiness. At the time of this personal discovery, I was pursuing a double-major in Computer Science and Psychology. “Synapses that fire together wire together.”

Teaching Peace in Elementary School. Photo FOR years, there has been a steady stream of headlines about the soaring mental health needs of college students and their struggles with anxiety and lack of resilience.

Teaching Peace in Elementary School

Now, a growing number of educators are trying to bolster emotional competency not on college campuses, but where they believe it will have the greatest impact: in elementary schools. In many communities, elementary teachers, guidance counselors and administrators are embracing what is known as social and emotional learning, or S.E.L., a process through which people become more aware of their feelings and learn to relate more peacefully to others. Feeling left out? Positivity: 11 Steps To Grow Your Happiness. Your positivity has an enormous impact on the quality of your life.

Positivity: 11 Steps To Grow Your Happiness

CCR publishes its Character framework: complete, concise, clear, actionable, globally relevant. How Women Can Gain Confidence at Work (and Elsewhere) - Fortune. How Children's Social Competence Impacts Their Well-Being in Adulthood. Overview A 20-year retrospective study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and published in the July 2015 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, suggests that kindergarten students who are more inclined to exhibit “social competence” traits—such sharing, cooperating, or helping other kids—may be more likely to attain higher education and well-paying jobs.

How Children's Social Competence Impacts Their Well-Being in Adulthood

In contrast, students who exhibit weaker social competency skills may be more likely to drop out of high school, abuse drugs and alcohol, and need government assistance. This brief provides an overview and major findings from this study and implications for further action. How the Study Worked In the early 1990’s, kindergarten teachers from four Fast Track Research Project locations—Durham, N.C., Nashville, Tenn., Seattle, Wash. and central Pennsylvania—rated the degree to which a cohort of 753 kindergarteners demonstrated social competence skills in their classroom interactions using an eight-point scale. Key Findings. Executive Functions (2013) Self-regulation and school success (2013) Happiness Inc. (2013) According to Sonja Lyubomirsky, you have a happiness set point. It’s partly encoded in your genes. If something good happens, your sense of happiness rises; if something bad happens, it falls.

But either way, before too long, your mood will creep back to its set point because of a really powerful and perverse phenomenon referred to in science as “hedonic adaptation.” You know, people get used to things. To see the full article, subscribe here. Correction: April 19, 2013. Activities and programs that improve children’s executive functions (2012)

Who does well in life? Conscientious adults excel in both objective and subjective success (2012) Post-Traumatic Stress’s Surprisingly Positive Flip Side (2012) What If the Secret to Success Is Failure? (2011) Dominic Randolph can seem a little out of place at Riverdale Country School — which is odd, because he’s the headmaster. Riverdale is one of New York City’s most prestigious private schools, with a 104-year-old campus that looks down grandly on Van Cortlandt Park from the top of a steep hill in the richest part of the Bronx. On the discussion boards of, worked-up moms from the Upper East Side argue over whether Riverdale sends enough seniors to Harvard, Yale and Princeton to be considered truly “TT” (top-tier, in UrbanBabyese), or whether it is more accurately labeled “2T” (second-tier), but it is, certainly, part of the city’s private-school elite, a place members of the establishment send their kids to learn to be members of the establishment.

Tuition starts at $38,500 a year, and that’s for prekindergarten. Interventions Shown to Aid Executive Function Development in Children 4-12 Years Old (2011) A New Gauge to See What’s Beyond Happiness (2011) The evidence base for improving school outcomes by addressing the whole child and by addressing skills and attitudes, not just content (2010) Deliberate practice spells success: Why grittier competitors triumph at the National Spelling Bee (2010)

Can the Right Kinds of Play Teach Self-Control? (2009) The economics and psychology of personality traits (2008) Preschool program improves cognitive control (2007) Happiness 101 (2007) Grit: Perseverance and passion for long-term goals (2007) Self-discipline outdoes IQ in predicting academic performance of adolescents (2006) Research-Based Character Education (2004) Strengths of character and well-being (2004) Tiffany Shlain Receives Support From The Bezos Family Foundation For Her “Science of Character” Ms. Shlain produced the short film to mark the first annual worldwide ‘Character Day’ on Thursday March 20th 2014.