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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...

We Could All Use a Little Self-Compassion…

I’m sure we have all heard a flight attendant tell us at the beginning of a flight that if the oxygen masks fall from the compartment, put the mask on yourself before helping someone else put his/hers on.  The obvious lesson is you won’t be much help to others if you can’t breathe, so take care of you first and then worry about others.     Albeit trite, these important instructions extend in usefulness way beyond the flight scenario.  As educators, we have an enormous capacity to...

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