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Building a Just and Sustainable World December 2008
New Year’s seems a good time to ask, “How am I doing? How can I be happy and bring happiness to the lives of others?”
You’ll find great fodder for those reflections in the current issue of YES! Magazine—treasures such as 10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy, a gratitude test, and this newsletter features curriculum, projects, and other tools to explore multiple ways to happiness.
These insights couldn’t come at a more fitting time as we stumble through economic chaos and a presidential transition. Out of this upheaval, we have the opportunity to create a happier world. And it starts with each one of us.
At 19, Chris Goodman has already worked in the field of education for six years, beginning as a math tutor. Today, he helps inspire students in Baltimore to fight for their rights. Here, he encourages teachers to join their students in campaigning for quality education. Read his story.
MORE OF YOUR STORIES: Discovering the Beauty of Teenagers. Local food in schools. Student diplomats in Nicaragua. Teaching global warming in a small town.
SEND US your own story to share with our growing network of YES! educators.
Happiness isn’t just fluff, it’s real. Scientists actually study what makes us happy. Here, we share their findings in a poster for your classroom:
You’ll learn how others practice happiness too:
These two top-notch resources offer opportunities for you and your students to truly understand the benefits of giving, and the strengths and virtues that make people and communities thrive.
Positive psychology is one of the fastest-growing subjects at the secondary level. High school teacher and national presenter Amy Fineburg’s positive psychology curriculum provides brilliant content, critical thinking exercises, and activities on a range of concepts from the good life to optimism to satisfaction.
The “pay it forward” principle is simple: do something nice for someone with no expectations, and ask them to do the same for someone else. Examples and instructions for designing a Pay It Forward Project will inspire your students to take action. Mini-grants are available, too.
Spend time this winter with a civil rights lawyer, a K2 mountain climber, and the Dalai Lama. As we face economic adversity and uncertainty, each offers solutions, inspiration, and opportunities to bolster health and happiness for ourselves and for our local and global communities.
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