This week Awesome Stories brings you healthy habits, passion, blessings, and kinder teaching.
Alex Korb, a UCLA neuroscientist, offers us four healthy habits that can create more happiness in our lives. Alex suggests that we use these habits daily to create a cycle of well-being in our lives by boosting our brain chemistry. The 4 rituals are asking questions when you feel down, identifying feelings, making decisions, and giving and receiving touch. The article gives lots of good tips on how and why to use each of these habits to improve your life. My favorite tip (and most needed) is touch. I’ve heard others sources suggest that 5-7 hugs a day can help build our immune system. Have you had your daily dose of touch?
Passion is the magic that unlocks the door and then drives you to become that best that you can become. ~ Greta
Greta Pontarelli is clearly a woman who has found passion in her life. She had always been active, and tried to revisit gymnastics at age 55 but was injured. After almost giving up, she discovered pole dancing and transformed her body and life. Greta is now a 5 time World Master in pole dancing for people over 50. She loves to inspire others to move beyond their fears and not let age be a limiter. She has also competed on America’s Got Talent and America Ninja Warrior! As her quote shows, she believes finding our passion is the magic elixir for creating health and happiness. If you’d like to learn more about Greta or her passion for inspiring others, check out her Aerial Zen website.
Count Your Blessings
Hannah Brencher makes a fun and persuasive argument that we can change the world with hot cocoa. She offers a poignant reminder that small acts of kindness matter and the best way to create large-scale change is by making consistent small steps in the direction that we want to go. Hannah suggests that we research fun ways to be a blessing to others and then start doing them. Then we might just change the world! For her part, Hannah created the More Love Letters movement to help make love famous by bringing back the art of writing love letters! I love the idea and will contribute with more blog posts about love. 🙂
I love this approach to teaching and discipline. Researchers have found that punishment is the worst thing we can do for kids who act out. What these kids need is help with coping skills. Psychologist Ross Greene has developed a more collaborative approach to teaching and parenting that is growing a faithful following and even being adopted in schools and detention centers. His approach turns teachers and staff into allies instead of adversaries and is being used to help kids with cognitive or development challenges develop better problem solving and coping skills. The methods range from addressing the specific needs of children with behavioral issues to the setup and structure of the classroom activities. Early results are very promising with schools reporting up to an 80 percent drop in disciplinary referrals, suspensions, and incidents of aggression. I hope this kinder approach to teaching is widely adopted.
Let’s spread more kindness and love!