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According to an assessment I took as part of the Power of Self leadership training group, my top personal strength is LEARNER, meaning that I want to continuously learn new things and improve in all areas. Well, no surprise there! As a friend once said to me, “You are never without a goal or project. You are always working toward something!” It, then, is only to be expected that I …

After three days at the International Positive Education Festival, attendees could not help but to feel renewed. First, Angela Duckworth, founder and scientific director of the Character Lab, spoke about grit being a greater predictor of success and well-being than IQ (“talent counts; effort counts twice”). Later that day, Martin Seligman, known as the Father of Positive Psychology, spoke about the history of the movement and the research revealing its …

Happiness. Such a common word that receives an extraordinary amount of attention. Abraham Lincoln said a person is as happy as he makes his mind up to be. Mathatma Ghandi believed that happiness was a result of thoughts, words, and actions all being in harmony. Each week day, Ellen Degeneres does her best to ensure each of her talk show episodes focus on the positive, making people smile, laugh, and …

It’s the little things that count. Taking the time for a smile, an offer to share possessions, and a trading of life stories. This week I’ve been at the beach for a family trip; tomorrow we return home, and I am a mixture of being ready for new adventures in other parts of the world, and wanting to remain under my trusty beach umbrella forever. But, for this last day, …

Memories, having the power to remind us of the times in our life’s experiences, can be wonderful. They may also take us back to events that we’d like to forget. But, considering how often our minds replay those memories, it may become apparent that it is not the recollections that are so vividly recalled, but the emotions they evoke. The thrill of an exciting adventure, the keen disappointment when something …

This was a good week. I had introduced a group of about 25 parent educators to the world of mindfulness, and this was our last session. Over six weekly meetings I covered the basics…but only barely. These teachers were busy, let me tell you! It was their school that had volunteered them to meet with me at the end of a long workday, and, while I’m sure many were thinking, …

There are many statements I made to students when I was a teacher, and then, as a principal. Sometimes I would look back on what I had said, and feel good about the conversation because I had treated the child with respect, care, and consideration. And, then, there were the times I would consider what I had said, and how I said it, and simply shudder. How in the world …

The school year is almost over and, before memories dim, try looking back at the academic year with an objective eye; how did the year evolve for you and your children? Did your child use the best study skills, or does he even know them? Did your child’s teacher go out of the way to establish a positive relationship with both you and your child? Was there a team approach …

I have a cold. I’m on a girlfriend trip with friends from college, and I got a cold. I spent most of our last day together in a steam room – without my friends- trying to make my cold go away. I lasted through about 15 minutes of our final dinner together, and finally gave it up, went back to the room, finished packing and went to sleep, hoping to …

The number of times something didn’t happen to me, or those to whom I am close, are too numerous to count, but last night I received the greatest reminder of all that we must remember to appreciate and give thanks for not only what takes place in our lives, but also for those things that don’t happen to us. My husband fell seriously ill during the middle of the night, …