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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. Enjoyment. Reductive? "The Dalai Lama and I have had a series of dialogues—we’re up to about 60 hours of one-on-one conversations—and in one of them, he said to me, ‘When we wanted to get to the new world, we need[ed] a map to get there. Ekman is a prominent psychologist whose studies on universal human expressions—the smiles and scowls we share across cultures—became foundational for the modern era of emotion research. The results became those five "continents" you see on the site today: fear, disgust, anger, sadness, and enjoyment. But they aren't purely empirical. In the atlas, the emotions are clinically detached from the viewer.

As soon as you load the site, you'll see that the five core emotions seem to ebb and flow with a certain randomness, like planets that may or may not be influencing one another with their gravitational pull. Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying. Phrases like "random acts of kindness" and "pay it forward" have become popular terms in modern society.

Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

This could perhaps be best explained by those who have identified a deficiency in their lives that can only be fulfilled by altruism. It seems there are good reasons why we can't get enough of those addictive, feel-good emotions, as scientific studies prove there are many physical, emotional, and mental health benefits associated with kindness. As minds and bodies grow, it’s abundantly clear that children require a healthy dose of the warm-and-fuzzies to thrive as healthy, happy, well-rounded individuals.

Teaching Kindness: More Than a Random Act. It's been a long time since I was in elementary school.

Teaching Kindness: More Than a Random Act

But I can remember it like it was yesterday. I wasn't the cutest, skinniest or best-dressed girl. I wasn't even a popular girl, but I had an advantage; I could sing like "nobody's business," and my teachers loved that about me. As a result, I think I was spared the bullying that could've come from classmates due to my lack of the aforementioned qualities. Times were tough in the late '60s. Mr. Tweed’s Good Deeds: An Unusual Counting Book about the Power of Small Kindnesses. By Maria Popova “A library is no place for three lost mice.”

Mr. Tweed’s Good Deeds: An Unusual Counting Book about the Power of Small Kindnesses

However anguishing the art of asking for help may be, little is more gladdening than the act of giving it. That’s the premise behind Mr. Tweed’s Good Deeds (public library) — a most unusual and gorgeously illustrated counting book by Jim Stoten, using Mr. Tweed’s small acts of kindness to teach kids the numbers and sneak in a subtle lesson on the power of grace. On his daily walk into town, Mr. Five-Minute Film Festival: Videos on Kindness, Empathy, and Connection. How stories can transform a classroom. When students conduct StoryCorps interviews, teachers say it can “reorganize the ions of a class.”

How stories can transform a classroom

Photo: David Andrako, courtesy of StoryCorps Caitlyn, a quiet seventh grader, was bullied by the other kids in her class at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, California. She wore the same cowboy boots every day. “The other kids were awful about it,” said English teacher Rebecca Mieliwocki, remembering this student who has stayed lodged in her memory for 10 years now. “Even the best kids can be horrible sometimes. Books That Teach Empathy (List) Jump to navigation.

Books That Teach Empathy (List)

Bully (Age 3+) The Invisible Boy (Age 6+) Charlotte's Web (Age 7+) Junonia (Age 9+) Mockingbird (Age 10+) Buddha's Brain (Age 15+) Notes to Each Other (Age 17+) Life of Pi (Age 16+) 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. " "A Small Act is such A POWERFUL FILM to use in classrooms across the globe. "A PRECIOUS AND INSPIRING TALE"—The Hollywood Reporter "REMARKABLE"—The Huffington Post "POWERFUL"—Christian Science Monitor. La Source. In La Source (pronounced lah-soos), Haiti water does not come easily.

La Source

Each day, villagers of this small, rural community must choose between enduring a long, treacherous walk to retrieve clean water or drink contaminated water from a nearby river. For over 30 years, the villagers have attempted to address this problem by constructing a means of channeling the water from a natural spring in the mountains, but with limited funding and an unsupportive government their attempts to provide clean water were to no avail. Since he was a teenager, Josue Lajeunesse, along with his brother Chrismedonne have dreamt of remedying this problem for their people. A Place At The Table. One Lucky Elephant. Ultimately, David must face the difficult truth that the circus is no place for Flora.

One Lucky Elephant

She needs to be with other elephants. The road to Flora's retirement, however, is a difficult and emotional journey that tests their bond in unexpected ways. Ten years in the making, One Lucky Elephant explores the consequences of keeping wild animals in captivity, while never losing sight of the delicate love story at its heart.

Official Selection, Oprah Winfrey Network Documentary Film Club. Promises. A beautiful and deeply moving portrait of seven Palestinian and Israeli children.


Emmy award-winning and Academy award-nominated, PROMISES follows the journey of a filmmaker who meets these children in and around Jerusalem, from a Palestinian refugee camp to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Although they live only 20 minutes apart, these children exist in completely separate worlds, divided by physical, historical and emotional boundaries. PROMISES explores the nature of these boundaries and tells the story of a few children who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbors. The children of PROMISES offer refreshing, personal and sometimes humorous insight into the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. With remarkable balance and a compelling blend of pathos and humor, this Oscar-nominated, Emmy Award winning film moves the conflict out of politics and into the realm of the human.

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