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The 75-Year Study that Found the Secrets to a Fulfilling Life

The 75-Year Study that Found the Secrets to a Fulfilling Life | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

 

What if there was a study dedicated to unearthing the secrets to a happy and purposeful life? It would have to be conducted over the course of many decades, following the lives of real people from childhood until old age, in order to see how they changed and what they learned. And it would probably be too ambitious for anyone to actually undertake.

 

Only, a group of Harvard researchers did undertake it, producing a comprehensive, flesh-and-blood picture of some of life’s fundamental questions: how we grow and change, what we value as time goes on, and what is likely to make us happy and fulfilled.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, Bobby Dillard, David Hain
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Love is all that matters. Work is the unhappiest place and the commute to work is the second unhappiest place in many studies. When we are grounded in solid, loving relationships, it makes all the difference in the world.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 11, 2013 6:24 PM

A study dedicated to unearthing the secrets to a happy and purposeful life.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's comment, August 12, 2013 5:51 PM
Thanks Ivon. Love and relationships matter most.
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» Why Does the Boss Prefer the Bully to You? - World of Psychology

» Why Does the Boss Prefer the Bully to You? - World of Psychology | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Bullying, it seems, pays off. Did you ever wonder why the bully gets away with it and even benefits with a promotion or other reward? Your gut feeling is

Via terry clarke
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I discovered in education that the adult bullies were very adroit at reading the lay of the land. In some ways, they were victims of others above them in the hierarchy. One referred to his bosses as "the boss expects this or that".

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Bullying: When the School Is the Bystander

Bullying: When the School Is the Bystander | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Rita-Clare LeBlanc had reached the darkest moment of her young life. The months of bullying at her high school had taken a toll and she decided to end her life and become yet another statistic of Nova Scotia's abysmal bullying record.

Via Lisa Catania, LCSW, terry clarke
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An unstated challenge is there is adult bullying going on in schools. Those are the role modes provided for the young. It does not make it right for students to bully, but, in dealing with student bullying, the adults would have to work on their behaviours and be exposed.

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Lisa Catania, LCSW's curator insight, November 16, 2013 9:59 PM
When it comes to bullying, schools/adult authorities need to respond with clear and real consequences and take charge of the situation - the target needs to be assured of his/her safety. Often schools treat bullying as a peer misunderstand...ing and use peer mediation or restorative justice - this can make things much worse when real bullying is happening. Read this article  to understand this frequent mistake made by adult authorities.
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One Size Fits All? Hmm...

One Size Fits All? Hmm... | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Do you know Tom? Tom is fictional, but like many kids in our school (or any school)...he struggles. He is different from many of his peers, while some of them struggle, Tom, well he struggles more...


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Sitting beside a student who needs help is a rewarding experience. Students sense we care as we move past the shallow aspects of simple greeting and truly caring relationships.

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Chris Wejr's curator insight, April 14, 9:09 AM
BC educator Darcy Mullin reminds is that although there are many programs to help struggling students... Nothing beats a caring relationship.
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Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Culture eats strategy for breakfast, technology for lunch, and products for dinner, and soon thereafter everything else too.Why? Because company culture, a concept pioneered by Edgar Schein, is the operationalizing of an organization’s values. Culture guides employee decisions about both technical business decisions and how they interact with others. Good culture creates an internal coherence in actions taken by a very diverse group of employees.

 


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I liked the cartoon. Having said that, we each bring our cultures, yes plural, with us and add them to the mix at our workplaces. I am making that argument as it applies to teaching. Teachers and students are not acultural and apolitical. Rather, they are continuously making sense of teaching and possible learning through cultural lenses which act as personal curricula.

 

The challenges faced in education are that we use modernist, linear models described in post-modernist, non-liner, complex language. The two are likely incompatible. We need to re imagine what teaching and learning are. That will be scary for those who talk about the other as being afraid of change. The real change is to something that does not even look like what we talk about and collapsing the hierarchy with its external experts, consultants, bureaucrats, technocrats, etc. who have not been in classrooms for a long time and some never wanted to be there. Their dream job was to be a principal and manager.

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Kudos's curator insight, April 15, 1:59 PM

This is a great article, it gets to the heart of the matter of the  what , how and why we are developing Kudos.

 

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast, technology for lunch, and product for dinner" - this quote describes how a great culture holds a team together and guides them.

 

It is easy to have a engagement success when everything is going right. It also can make a company lazy, wasteful and forget what made them successful in the first place.

 

What separates the good from the great companies is how everyone reacts when the going gets tough, the unexpected happens or great challenges are ahead.

 

If you focus on your culture, define your mission, vision and values and live it everyday - the company with a good culture will persevere and overcome challenges because their people want to be there, want to succeed, and care.

 

So in the end you create engagement by focusing on your culture and you have  a better chance of being successful if you have highly engaged team members.

 

Kudos purpose is to help companies create the  culture  they want by adding a healthy does of appreciation with enhanced communication. 

 

You market to your clients and try to get them to believe in your product - market to your team and try to get them, to believe in your company.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 15, 8:38 PM

If you get the culture right everything else falls into place.

Simon Larcombe's comment, April 16, 10:08 AM
you're right Kenneth -- you're so, so right: big thumbs up on this one! Great stuff.
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Want to be happy? Be grateful

Want to be happy? Be grateful | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude.


Via Dean Lynch
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It is always interesting what brings us happiness. Gratitude provides happiness in that what we have is what we have.

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Dean Lynch's curator insight, April 10, 4:04 PM
Love this! When is the last time you said Thank You and really felt it?
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What The Happiest People Know About Work

What The Happiest People Know About Work | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Study, work hard, and you will be successful.

 

This was the mantra repeated by educators throughout my youth. None of them added "be happy" to the success equation.

 

But a growing body of research in positive psychology and neuroscience is demonstrating that happiness is the secret ingredient to success. It turns out, our brains are more engaged, creative, productive, and resilient when in a positive state.

 

All this unhappiness comes with a high price tag to businesses, costing more than $550 billion a year in lost productivity. In his book, Donovan identifies 60 simple steps individuals can take to improve their happiness and get back on the path to success. Here are six of the top things happy workers do:

 


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Happiness is something incredibly important in daily lives. Challenges are opportunities which invite us to ask questions and explore them. Too often, I experienced that schools were places where the opposite was the case. One administrator wrote a blog where he insisted staff should just trust him because they should. It seemed like trust did not have to be earned. When challenges arise, and they do, working with others to figure them out is a happy place.

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Jill Miller, SPHR's curator insight, April 10, 11:23 AM

The secret sauce for success? Finding happiness in our work -- even simple things -- makes a difference.

Denise Gabbard's curator insight, April 10, 1:19 PM

Doing what you love can make you happy-- finding a way to make money while doing what you love is even better! 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 10, 7:55 PM

If you don't enjoy what you do it is very difficult to be successful.  There are ways to re-frame the way that you look at things to help you focus on what is important to you.

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Going easy on yourself may improve health - Futurity

Going easy on yourself may improve health - Futurity | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A new study finds a connection between having compassion for yourself and lower levels of stress-induced inflammation.

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When I slow down and am less frenetic, I have less to forgive myself about.

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Battling Bullying: Getting results for your child - WAVE 3 News - Louisville, Kentucky

Battling Bullying: Getting results for your child - WAVE 3 News - Louisville, Kentucky | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

WAVE 3 is working for you, uncovering step by step advice on how to get your school's attention and stop the bullying.


Via Ulla M. Saikku, Debbie Lynch, terry clarke
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Teachers need personal relationships with their students. This is not a cure all, but can help. When students know adults are on their side and are approachable it can make a difference. Another key point is that schools cannot be sites of adult-on-adult bullying which they often are.

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for the love of learning: Empathy and Sympathy

for the love of learning: Empathy and Sympathy | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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A short explanation about empathy and sympathy that would be good for children

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6 Types of Bullying

6 Types of Bullying | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Physical bullying is just one type of bullying kids experience. Here is an overview of the six most common types of bullying found in schools.

Via Kelly Pidd, David Hain
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There might be more, but these are concise definitions that probably apply more broadly.

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The Simple Phrase I Had To Banish From My Vocabulary

The Simple Phrase I Had To Banish From My Vocabulary | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
This isn't about not holding myself accountable for my actions; it's about no longer reflexively blurting out an apology I don't really owe. It's about changing my default setting from unnecessary guilt....

Via Elaine Roberts, Ph.D
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We end up saying sorry for things that we are not sorry for and the word loses its power and meaning.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, April 1, 7:19 PM

I think there are times it is appropriate to say "Sorry," even at work. What irritates me is the individual--and almost always women--who apologize when they shouldn't or don't need to, or when it is an obvious deflection and failure to take responsibility for a mistake.


As is the case with anything and in any situation, the best advice probably remains "Say what you mean, and mean what you say." There is some irony that the origin of that phrase is from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland written by the inimitable Lewis Carroll (http://www.cs.indiana.edu/metastuff/wonder/ch7.html).

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The Psychology Of Bullying

The Psychology Of Bullying | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The Psychology Of Bullying (Most bullies have excellent self-esteem. #research#StopBullying#DidYouKnow http://t.co/MkLu03qmyL)

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Most bullies have excellent self-esteem is an interesting comment. I experienced schools as breeding grounds for bullying. I suspect most people do not think they are bullying others, but paying a little attention to what is said, how it is said, and the consequences is quite revealing. Something as subtle as being told teacher opinions are valued and then not listening is important. This is coming from those in the managerial roles.

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How to Create a Culture of Giving

How to Create a Culture of Giving | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa Doing good makes people happy. We've known this since the first caveman shared his last handful of foraged berries with fellow cavefriends. More recently, research

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It does make a person happier. We look back on those things that we gifted without any expectation of return and that is the return. Teaching is such a moral purpose when done from a place of altruism.

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Arianna Huffington On The Struggle To Find Work-Life Balance

Arianna Huffington On The Struggle To Find Work-Life Balance | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
During a recent talk at the Columbia Business School, Arianna Huffington outlined four ways to achieve what she calls the third metric for success...

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Sometimes, we learn the hard way we need to integrate work into life differently. It is not always a physical event. It can be an awakening from realizing we lack meaning in our whole life. Something is out of synch.

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4 Reasons Not To Run (Take a Walk Instead).

4 Reasons Not To Run (Take a Walk Instead). | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Somehow my heels never really hit the ground, so I bounce up and down on my toes and look more or less exactly like a human pogo stick.
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The four are quite humourous and I don't have any problems agreeing with them. Not everyone will, but I suspect most people will smile.

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Earlychildhood NEWS - Balancing Child-Directed and Teacher-Directed Approaches

Earlychildhood NEWS - Balancing Child-Directed and Teacher-Directed Approaches | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Earlychildhood NEWS is the online resource for teachers and parents of young children, infants to age 8. You will find articles about developmentally appropriate practice, child health, safety and behavior as well as links to teacher resources and networking opportunities.

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The use of Rousseau suggests the topic has been debated for more than a few years.

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Janice Comrie's curator insight, April 14, 9:31 AM
Which approach or approaches do you employ in your classroom? What criteria do teachers use to decide which is the better approach for learning specific skills.
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Raising a Moral Child

Raising a Moral Child | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The tactics are different from those used for encouraging achievement.

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This is hard to research, but a tentative conclusion would be to praise the character revealed rather than the actions. I think it is important to know the child and situations, but it makes a certain amount of sense.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 14, 12:37 PM


A MUST READ!!!


Deanya Lattimore Schempp's curator insight, April 14, 6:23 PM

Great linked-out presentation of research studies by NYT Sunday Review columnist Adam Grant.

Is this the model of research essay that we will be teaching in class after two more MLA updates?  ;-)

Ofelia Rita Casillas's curator insight, April 15, 4:02 PM

Children imitate what you do,not what you preach!

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Easing the Global (and Costly) Problem of Workplace Stress

Easing the Global (and Costly) Problem of Workplace Stress | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Stress is reportedly the leading cause of long-term sickness for workers around the world. But relief in sight, in the unlikely form of an employee engagement survey.

Via Anne Leong
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Schools are highly stressful places to work. I don't think that will change in the foreseeable future. It may get worse. A challenge is schools are managed rather than led. There is a need for both in integrated ways, but as long as we see management as the way the risk is we treat people like objects.

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Kindness Is Something Students Learn By Feeling It

Kindness Is Something Students Learn By Feeling It | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Kindness Is Something Students Learn By Feeling It by Lisa Currie, Ripple Kindness Project Most people have heard the phrase ‘random acts of kindness’, which refers to a selfless act of giving resulting in the happiness...

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I would add at least one more. Kindness makes the world a better place.

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Bullying Persists Despite School Efforts

Bullying Persists Despite School Efforts | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The most thorough analysis to date of studies on school bullying has found that K-12 schools’ attempts to curb bullying behavior have accomplished little.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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Bullying persists, because students see it acted on in many adult-to-adult relationships. These models lead students to believe that bullying is OK.

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Betty Skeet's curator insight, April 10, 10:34 AM

So far all efforts to curb bullying behaviour at school seem to have achieved very little...what then?

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Understanding Inclusion by Exploring Exclusion

Understanding Inclusion by Exploring Exclusion | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

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A nice infographic that sums up both points. When I looked at the descriptors for inclusion, I did not see many that fit the schools I worked in.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 3, 7:20 AM

Dear Bosses/Supervisors, two questions?


#1. Do you lead a diverse staff?

#2. Do you lead an inclusive culture?

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How to Be Happier Without Really Trying

How to Be Happier Without Really Trying | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I thought that cramming my hours to "make my life count" would make me happy, but there was something missing. Here's what I've learned about being happier.
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Busyness and pursing happiness are great impediments. Slow down, we move too fast.

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Mind of a bully: Understanding how victims of bullying are chosen

Mind of a bully: Understanding how victims of bullying are chosen | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Rather than picking their victims indiscriminately, bullies go about selecting their targets tactfully, as is observed in many cyber bullying stories (Find out how bullies go about choosing their targets and how the selection varies in the offline...

Via terry clarke
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We treat bullying as if it is a childhood phenomenon, which it is, but it is also happening amongst adults. Adult-on-adult bullying in the workplace is common in education. It sends a message to children that bullying is OK. Bullies, at all ages, pick on those who are not able to fight back and defend themselves.

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Management by intimidation will just not work - gulfnews.com

Management by intimidation will just not work - gulfnews.com | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Management by intimidation will just not work
gulfnews.com
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The organization I worked for had a new vision statement which they claimed came from public consultation, but who was consulted was never clear. The dreams referred to are the dreams of the few and repeated as such.

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Teacher quits over emphasis on standardized tests: 'It takes the joy out of learning' - TODAY.com

Teacher quits over emphasis on standardized tests: 'It takes the joy out of learning' - TODAY.com | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

A teacher in Massachusetts who has spent more than a quarter century in the classroom is drawing attention after she quit her job over her growing frustration with the school system’s emphasis on standardized testing.

 

Because of “so many things that pulled me away from the classroom and fractured my time with the children,” kindergarten teacher Susan Sluyter quit last month. 

“It takes the joy out of learning for the children," she told TODAY. "It takes the joy out of teaching.”


Via Dennis T OConnor, Linda Alexander
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Many things potentially take the joy out of teaching. One that is rarely ever pointed out is the lack of voice for classroom teachers. It is a sad day when the way voice is heard is when teachers quit.

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Patrice McDonough's curator insight, April 1, 10:32 PM

Unfortunately this is the style of learning in China, where my teachers come from.   I have been told to take the fun out of the learning to concentrate on giving only useful information.  It has taken the joy out of my teaching...or can I be subversive???  

Aunty Alice's curator insight, April 6, 3:25 PM

Have a very similar mindset but short of opening one's own school we are stuck with it. I have just published a book leading teachers to the more fertile ground for real progress, in literacy acquisition,  of analysing student work, giving them an authentic voice, and goal setting.  It puts listening and speaking at the centre.

Dr. Richard NeSmith's curator insight, April 6, 7:28 PM

Will we ever learn in America? uhmmm...that is a rhetorical question, btw.   ;-)