Mindful Insights into Student SEL Development

Mindful Insights into Student SEL Development

Six Seconds Co-Founder/President, Anabel Jensen, Speaks at NAIS Conference Yesterday, I shared the stage with one of my heroes—Denise Clark Pope, author of Doing School: How we are creating a generation of stressed out, materialistic, and miseducated students. She is...
I Am Grateful

I Am Grateful

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. -Melody Beattie I am grateful...
How to Save Someone’s Emotional Life

How to Save Someone’s Emotional Life

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. ...
3 Habits of Extremely Optimistic People

3 Habits of Extremely Optimistic People

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...
Are You Making These Self-Perception Mistakes?

Are You Making These Self-Perception Mistakes?

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...
The 3 Secrets to Success

The 3 Secrets to Success

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...
3 Great Traits of Insanely Loving People

3 Great Traits of Insanely Loving People

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...
5 Undeniably Selfish Reasons to Volunteer

5 Undeniably Selfish Reasons to Volunteer

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....