This week Awesome Stories brings you kindness, nuclear facts, and resiliency.
Seattle, Washington is home to the Puget Sound Community School whose mission and focus are based on kindness. The director, Andy Smallman, believes that if you create a nurturing environment and help build character, then the academics and related skills come automatically. Teachers are hired for their character and students are taught the value of kindness. I love how they take their projects out into the community and subjects are chosen by the students.
Here’s a great video that highlights the facts about nuclear energy. For too long, nuclear has been held back based on false information and fear. For example, now that Germany has moved to abandon nuclear energy, they are using more coal and increasing emissions while claiming they can supply their energy needs with renewables like solar and wind. If we are going to help the planet and reverse climate change, then nuclear energy is the best source of clean and safe energy. Nuclear has the least deaths, lowest environmental impact, greatest energy capability, smallest footprint, and least material consumption per energy output. And that is the current nuclear technology. Advances in the nuclear industry will reduce the risks even further with small reactors, fast reactors, new fuels like thorium and salt, and much more. Kudos to New York state for creating a plan to encourage nuclear with incentives designed to level the access.
This article about choosing authenticity over positivity really speaks to my heart. Having gone through a very difficult period several years back, I too found that positivity is not the answer for dealing with depression, pain, and other hard feelings. It’s good to know that more and more people are waking up to the wisdom in embracing the full range of our emotions. I found the research showing that positivity often decreases our happiness to be most enlightening! Please remember, we aren’t suggesting you can’t be happy, or that choice and focus aren’t important. We are suggesting that well being comes from embracing the full range of emotions and experiences, resulting in a more resilient person who is able to both cope and help others.
May we flow with life, embracing the richness of feelings and experience. Blessings, Brad