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About the author - Anabel Jensen

President of Six Seconds and professor of education, Anabel Jensen, Ph.D., is a master teacher and a pioneer in emotional intelligence education. A two-time Federal Blue Ribbon winner for excellence in education, she was Executive Director of the Nueva School from 1983 to 1997 where she helped develop the Self-Science curriculum featured in Daniel Goleman’s 1995 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence.

I Am Grateful

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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 for family and friends. Recently, I was explaining […]

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My Tribute to Robin Williams


I was lucky enough to know Robin Williams and be exposed to his comedic brilliance — and I learned something very important about humor, hugs, and hope.

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What is Self-Science? Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom


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

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

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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