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Joy/Science of Happiness

Feb 03, 2016
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It’s Groundhog Day and it appears spring is in the air. Good news for those who love the beach, bad news for those who love the snow. Personally, I am a bit conflicted…
I thought I would share a wonderful piece in The Atlantic I read this morning by Susan Engel on the lack of joy in schools. Here is the link:
http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/01/joy-the-subject-schools-lack/384800/?_cldee=amltLmVhZ2VuQDZzZWNvbmRzLm9yZw%3d%3d
I think Engel sums it up nicely right here:

“Building on a child’s ability to feel joy, rather than pushing it aside, wouldn’t be that hard. It would just require a shift in the education world’s mindset. Instead of trying to get children to buckle down, why not focus on getting them to take pleasure in meaningful, productive activity, like making things, working with others, exploring ideas, and solving problems? These focuses are not so different from the things to which they already gravitate and in which they delight.”

Agreed. And on that note our Common Ground Series continuestonight with “Creating a Meaningful Life – The Science of Happiness.” Hope you have a chance to attend.

Warmly,
Jim

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