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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...

January Happiness Project Update

The overall update for this month’s Happiness Project: I now have a new after work habit and tackling one nagging task per week at both home and work is a great plan, and weekly tidying is the way to go for me!   January’s focus was on creating some happiness in both my home in work environment.  My goal for the beginning of the year was to start slowly, declutter, and get some of those nagging and lingering tasks off my plate.  The idea is that this...

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