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What is Self-Science? Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom

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I first thought it must be some new laboratory class — I soon learned that the scientific study of self changes everything… and enables us to change anything.

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How to Save Someone’s Emotional Life

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Have you ever saved anyone’s life? My eleven-year old niece did just that.  The story is rather remarkable.  Elizabeth Marie was in the front room watching TV; she had let the family’s pet, Sampson, a large German shepherd, out the door to go to the bathroom.  Suddenly, the dog sprinted away from the house and […]

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3 Habits of Extremely Optimistic People

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I am a recovering pessimist. For over thirty years, I have been practicing the skills of optimism.  It began with a traumatic divorce, which was wearing me to the ground.  In addition, I was very concerned about my ten-year son, who was depressed by the multiple tensions floating in the house.  Emotions were at an […]

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Are You Making These Self-Perception Mistakes?

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Upon leaving high school, I was five foot eight inches and 180 pounds.  People never described me as fat, but as large-boned or sturdy.  However, I was not happy with the way I looked and, really to me, it did not seem as if I devoured that much food.  I did have an intense sweet […]

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Synapse School: State of the School Speech

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I want to share six commitments that are essential for positive change — as we celebrate this year of learning, and look forward to what’s possible together.

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The 3 Secrets to Success

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My favorite picture book (sadly out of print) has fourteen words in it. I reread it frequently and share it often with others. It is the story of a tiny mouse whose job it is to move a gigantic purple elephant. He tries pulling, pushing, bribing with peanuts, and crying, all to no avail. Finally, […]

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3 Great Traits of Insanely Loving People

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You may know of my life theme to promote conscious acts of kindness as a daily practice. The idea is for you to actively take kind, compassionate actions day in, day out as a way to promote not just greater well-being in the life and soul of the recipient but in you too. My mission […]

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5 Undeniably Selfish Reasons to Volunteer

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Volunteering is a necessity! Service to others should, in my opinion, take multiple forms – from the needs in our schools to the needs of the community, nation, even to the world. We simply can’t volunteer enough to fix the problems of our world. There is much to do. Interestingly, in my experience over the […]

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4 Reasons To Support An Excellent Art Education In Schools

“….the noblest art will be always pure experience…” ~ W.B. Yeats I have two favorite artists. One is Vincent van Gogh and the other is Caleb Jensen, my son. I like the first for all the classical reasons and the second because of his personal approach. Cutbacks have led to huge cuts in art education […]

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6 Famous Failures and the Importance of Persistence

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  Both winners and losers have dreams. The difference that drives their opposing outcomes is that losers fantasize while winners are more pragmatic. Winners begin, do, finish. They are not defeated by adversity.   Steve Jobs, at 30, was left devastated and depressed after being unceremoniously removed from the company he started. Michael Jordan, after […]

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