Make an Intention to Hunt for the Good

After last week’s blog I started to think about the idea that our brains are hardwired towards a negativity bias.  But I also know that it’s possible to change the neural pathways of our brains through hunting the good or finding positive in situations.  So how does this cycle work in our classrooms?  Why if we KNOW these things, does it not suddenly show up as habit in our classrooms?  The short answer is that it takes time to rewire our brains.  But “neurons that...

In a bad mood?  Hunt for the good.

  Sometimes the winter is just depressing.  The days are short: I go to work and it’s still dark.  My room has no real windows to see sun (although I am one of the lucky ones who has some windows, so I’m not completely complaining!).  I leave work and the sun is going down.  I try to get myself outside regularly but it’s still about bundling up and being quick about enjoying the time.  There is little lingering or exploring further.  My toes are cold, my...

Inclining our mind to kindness?

Now that the clutter is slowly clearing away from the corners as a result of my successful January Happiness Project,  I thought February would be a great time to start focusing on some other places that I often feel like I don’t appreciate enough: relationships, both at home and at school.  When I was making the original list, I had this nagging realization that I don’t see my family too much unless it’s a holiday or birthday.  Unlike some other people I know, I don’t...