Randy Taran: Happiness Goes Global -- How Will You Celebrate International Day of Happiness? How many times a year do you get an excuse to celebrate happiness? Why not right now? The UN has declared March 20, 2013 to be the first International Day of Happiness. History: International Day of Happiness gained momentum after the Hon. How to Get Involved? A: Affirm the pledge -- make a personal pledge to create more happiness in the world C: Cheer Happy Heroes -- celebrate the people who bring happiness to you and others T: Take part -- do something to mark the day and spread some happiness Wherever you are in the world you can take part on the International Day of Happiness by: • Cheering your Happy Heroes or using the #happyheroes hashtag on Twitter • Sharing what you're doing on the day using Cheers or the #happyday hashtag on Twitter. Because your sense of well-being influences others more than you know, it makes sense that as you increase your happiness, it positively affects those around you. 5 Ways to Activate Your Happiness: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. For more on happiness, click here.
50 Things You Can Control Right Now “Why worry about things you can’t control when you can keep yourself busy controlling the things that depend on you?” ~Unknown CNN reports that psychic businesses are thriving in this challenging economy, and the clientele has expanded to include more business professionals who are worried about their financial future. According to Columbia Business School’s Professor Gita Johar, who studies consumer behavior, the greatest motivation for visiting a psychic is to feel a sense of control. Sure, there are lots of things we can’t control: businesses may fold, stocks may plummet, relationships may end—the list is infinite, really. Right now, you can control: 1. Odds are, some of these resonate with you more than others; so what? When I start fixating on something I can’t control, I pick just one of these to think about instead. Photo by Steve Dean See a typo, an inaccuracy, or something offensive?
Why 20% Time is Good for Schools Have you ever met an adult who doesn't really love what they do, but just goes through the motions in their job and everyday life? Have you spoken with men and women who constantly complain, showing no visible passion for anything in the world? I'm sure that, like me, you have met those people. I've also seen the making of these adults in schools across our country: students who are consistently being "prepared" for the next test, assessment, or grade level . . . only to find out after graduation that they don't really know what they are passionate about. Enter 20% time. What 20% time allows students to do is pick their own project and learning outcomes, while still hitting all the standards and skills for their grade level. With 20% time, we can solve one society’s biggest problems by giving students a purpose for learning and a conduit for their passions and interests. Students It starts with the students. Teachers We've got a tough but extremely rewarding job. Parents Administrators
Expanded Consciousness - Awaken Your Inner Awareness The Neon Life Society – Allow Yourself to Shine 7 ways to practice emotional first aid You put a bandage on a cut or take antibiotics to treat an infection, right? No questions asked. In fact, questions would be asked if you didn’t apply first aid when necessary. So why isn’t the same true of our mental health? We are expected to just “get over” psychological wounds — when as anyone who’s ever ruminated over rejection or agonized over a failure knows only too well, emotional injuries can be just as crippling as physical ones. Pay attention to emotional pain — recognize it when it happens and work to treat it before it feels all-encompassing. Yes, practicing emotional hygiene takes a little time and effort, but it will seriously elevate your entire quality of life. See Guy Winch’s TED Talk, Why we all need to practice emotional first aid.
Playlist: 5 Mindshifting talks on happiness (TED is on its annual two-week vacation. During the break, we’re posting playlists from the TEDTalks archive. We’ll be back with new talks on August 29th.) Happiness seems simple, yet the more we look into it, the more layers and complexities we find. Here are five TEDTalks that will transform how you view happiness, and how to achieve it. 1) Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. 2) Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves” perceive happiness differently. 3) Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, “What makes a life worth living?” 4) Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. 5) Martin Seligman talks about psychology — as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. .
Braingenie You Don’t Owe Anyone An Interaction Have you ever beat yourself up over not responding to every message you received in a day? Me too. I know how it goes. On one hand, you’re tired and overwhelmed. But on the other hand, there are emails! Texts! If we check in with ourselves, we can sense which messages require our attention. If someone writes, we must write back. If someone starts talking, we must converse. If someone moves in for a hug, we must embrace. It doesn’t matter if we feel uncomfortable, exhausted, or just plain unwilling. In the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt pilot episode,reporters interview women who spent 15 years underground in a doomsday cult’s bunker. One woman shares the story of her involvement: “I had waited on [the cult leader] at a York Steak House … and one night he invited me out to his car to see some baby rabbits, and I didn’t want to be rude, so … here we are.” It’s a searing example of how the fear of being rude and impolite can put us in real danger. What if I hurt this person’s feelings?
International Day of Happiness - 20 March Climate Action for a Happy Planet What is the International Day of Happiness? It’s a day to be happy, of course! The United Nations invites each person of any age, plus every classroom, business and government to celebrate the International Day of Happiness each year on March 20. This year, even cartoon characters have joined in as the United Nations teams up with a group famous for lacking good cheer: the Angry Birds. These animated ambassadors are helping to raise awareness about the importance of climate action for our common future. Motivational Jiu-Jitsu: Staying Positive in the Face of Negativity & Indifference It’s easy to stay motivated when you are on the receiving end of a lot of positive feedback. When your boss, your clients, and your coworkers are giving you high fives and telling you what great work you are doing, you can glide from day to day, churning out more and more great work. Unfortunately, most of us are not riding a tidal wave of high-fives through our workday. If anything, the more demanding your job is, the more likely it is that you are having to field negative criticism on a regular basis. Or, maybe you work alone, and you just don’t get that much feedback — negative or positive — from anyone. So how can we stay motivated in the face of negativity or just plain indifference? I have a simple activity that I do to identify the problem areas, and think about how I can counteract them. The more demanding your job is, the more likely it is that you are having to field negative criticism on a regular basis. Start with the people that give you no feedback. –What’s Your Approach?
Public Lessons: Numerical Patterning This lesson is a re-engagement lesson designed for learners to revisit a problem-solving task they have already experienced. My colleague Stacy Emory best describes re-engagement by comparing it to re-teaching. Re-teaching is a teacher-directed activity where we plan a different lesson to address something that is perceived to be a misconception with our students. Re-engagement is a learner-centered activity wherein the original task is posed in such a way that we may expose learners to different strategies, alternate solutions, or even misconceptions. Think of the original task as a formative assessment that helps you shape the lessons that follow. As learners enter the 6th grade, they have had many experiences with modeling and describing numeric patterns.