Saturday, April 11, 2015

Happy Teachers and Happy Students are Smarter!

Harvard psychologist explains how to achieve real happiness in your classroom, with your students, in your work, and your personal life and relationships: TED Talk!

"You don't get happy by achieving success. You achieve success by getting happy."

Dopamine, which your brain makes when you're happy, has one important side effect: It makes you smarter. A positive brain is 31% more productive. It's better at sales, faster and more accurate at diagnosing problems.

So how can you up your dopamine?
Take two minutes every day and do one of these things:
  1. Write down three new things that you're grateful for.
  2. Journal about one positive experience you've had in the last 24 hours.
  3. Try meditation, to teach your brain to focus.
  4. Use the first email you write every day to praise or thank someone you know. Spread the happy.
And it wouldn't hurt to disrupt the endless barrage of bad news by sharing this with your friends, right? Everyone needs a little more happiness.

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