Happiness

What makes us happy?
YES! Recommends: No Impact Project

No Impact Man, Colin Beavan, and his family have inspired a nation to swap their old consumer habits for new environmentally-friendly ones. The recently launched No Impact Curriculum brings the lessons learned from this year-long journey to your classroom.

Discovering the Beauty of Teenagers

John Hasyn was afraid of teenagers.Yet, the Canadian-based photographer chose to work full-on with Inuit youth in Nunavut. What he discovered changed his perspective forever. This is John's story.

Service-Learning and Life Philosophies

Here are two dynamic organizations that offer your students opportunities and engaging resources to express and act on what they believe. Encourage your students to take on a service-learning project or submit a personal essay to "This I Believe."

Visual Learning: Walking Slowly

Use this photo to ask your students what they notice and are wondering. Then share the facts behind the image to connect to greater understanding and discovery.

Facing the Future

Here is a range of lessons from Facing the Future for grades K-12, including some projects for university level students.

Nurturing Creative Thinkers

In this entertaining talk, Sir Ken Robinson asserts that to get the best out of people, schools need to nurture creative thinkers rather than good workers.

Visual Learning: Art Cars at Burning Man

Images, photos, and pictures stimulate the mind. For the viewer, they offer a chance to connect and question. They also offer potential for play and imagination, and pulling the observer into purposeful messages.

Connect and Engage: Education for the Mind & Soul

Here's a resource to connect your students' learning with their local community, culture, and environment. Also learn how knowing yourself can translate to being an even better teacher.

Anthropology 101: How to Change the World

Professor Tom Murphy wanted his students to reconnect with nature. Now, they work beside farmers, fishermen, wastewater technicians, environmental groups, and Native American leaders through an award-winning service learning program. This is Tom's story.

If You Give a Kid a Shovel

Joe Gillespie started his first school garden in 1993 with 50 raised beds. Today, he and his middle school students grow veggies year-round and monitor wind turbines. This is Joe's story.

Changing the World: One Story at a Time

For former teacher and "Chicken Soup for the Classroom" co-author Anna Unkovich, a “nightmare” teaching moment was the key to a more open classroom and sharing stories. This is Anna's story.

Connect and Engage: Making History

To teach happiness, be happy. Teachers, in particular, need support to be passionate and content in a challenging profession. The Center for Courage and Renewal's "Courage to Teach" supports this belief with essays, articles, and a retreat program.