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Being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen; taking time to express thanks.

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. 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. Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: The Power of Appreciation. In this nine-part series, we will look at important factors that influence the happiness and social and emotional learning of elementary school age children.

Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: The Power of Appreciation

These factors are very useful in helping students learn, manage emotions and increase empathy. Each blog features one letter of the acronym HAPPINESS: Gratitude Can Fuel School Transformation. One of the most common complaints I hear from teachers, administrators, and staff working in public schools is something along the lines of, "I don't feel appreciated.

Gratitude Can Fuel School Transformation

" I'd like to propose that by simply incorporating a range of practices that allow ourselves and others to express gratitude, we might transform our schools. We'd certainly retain more effective educators, build stronger relational trust, and develop a culture that focuses on the positive -- in all adults and all children. So, topping my list of steps to transform a school?

Appreciating ourselves and others regularly. The Neuroscience Behind Appreciation. Habits of Heart: Helping Students Reflect and Act on Gratitude. Gratitude no longer has to be reserved for special occasions and amazing circumstances.

Habits of Heart: Helping Students Reflect and Act on Gratitude

Researchers, led by The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and Robert Emmons and Jeffrey Froh, have shown that there are benefits to expressing gratitude, even to "counting one's blessings. " But doing so takes a bit of practice. Classroom Activities. Gratitude: A Powerful Tool for Your Classroom.

Would you like to improve the culture in your classroom and your life?

Gratitude: A Powerful Tool for Your Classroom

Try gratitude. Based on my ten years of teaching experience, this is the most powerful tool that I know. Gratitude has empowered me to teach more effectively, appreciate my individual students, grow in my profession, and enjoy life. Utilizing gratitude, I am able to model one of the most important lessons in life, having a positive attitude, especially about the aspects of life that challenge me. Gratitude Journal To get started in your classroom with gratitude, I recommend actually writing your own gratitude list for a few weeks and feeling its power. Thxthxthx: The Art of Finding Happiness in Everyday Gratitude. By Maria Popova What laundry and bee stings have to do with the secret of happiness.

thxthxthx: The Art of Finding Happiness in Everyday Gratitude

Bear Says Thanks (Age 3+) The Giving Tree (Age 4+) 365 Thank Yous (Ages 15+) The How of Happiness (Age 15+) The Genius of Marian. A Small Act. When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it.

A Small Act

She certainly never expected to hear from him, but years later, she does. Now a Harvard graduate and a Human Rights Lawyer for the United Nations, Chris Mburu decides to find the stranger that changed his life. Inspired by her generosity he starts a scholarship program of his own, which gives a new generation of Kenyan students the hope of affording an education. With clarity and grace, A Small Act, bears witness to the ripple effect one singular action can have. Secretary-General [Ban Ki-Moon] PRAISED [THE] FILM, for "highlighting the importance of giving all children an education in the fight against ignorance and bigotry.

" 65 Red Roses. Redefining the traditional scope of documentary film in an electronic age, 65_RedRoses leaves viewers with a new appreciation of life and the digital world.

65 Red Roses

This personal and touching journey takes an unflinching look into the life of Eva Markvoort as she battles the fatal disease Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and waits on the transplant list for new organs. At 23, Eva needs a double lung transplant to live. Unable to be around other patients with her disease, Eva turns to the internet where she forms a strong connection with two American girls named Meg and Kina. Poverty, Inc. The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry — the business of doing good has never been better.

Poverty, Inc.

Yet the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change. From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem? Quotes “A powerful and uncompromising film that strikes at the core of the traditional understanding of development and international assistance.” — Andres Jimenez, Waging Non-Violence [Costa Rica] "You made me so proud to be an African woman. "This documentary will be required viewing for our entire team. " — Philip Sansone, Executive Director of the Whole Planet Foundation [USA] Watch this video testimonial from Kenyan professor of nonprofit management at Regis University, M.D.

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Close(x) Don’t Miss Out You’re all set! Look out for our weekly updates soon. Connect with us Jump to navigation. Sites That Help Kids Appreciate Differences. Close(x) Happier (Age 12+) Attitudes of Gratitude Journal (Age 13+) Dear 7Days users who are experiencing the above issue.Although the previous diaries are not displayed, they are actually safely saved as data.I truly apologize that the incident happened, and we are currently working on fixing the issue.I would like to ask for your favor to wait for hot fix.I am sorry again, we will fix this issue as soon as possible.Thank you.

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