Teaching Happiness

Discover the good life through resilience, creativity, and community.

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Get Happy From the Inside Out

7 Doors to Happiness Project guides your students to explore what makes them–and others–happy.

 


Visual Learning: What Was Saved
by Martha Laura Garcia
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about preparing for natural disasters and how they can reach out to those in need of relief aid.
Pause, Breathe, Draw: Art and Consciousness in the Classroom
by Elizabeth Traina
As a young girl, Elizabeth Traina had a teacher tell her that she wasn’t an artist. Now she helps empower teachers and students through the belief that we are all artists. This is Elizabeth’s story.
Poster: What Healthy Diets Have in Common
by Jing Fong
This colorful poster compares eight healthy diets—vegan, Mediterranean, ancestral, glycemic index, anti-inflammatory, raw, traditional Asian, and Natl. Institutes of Health—and shares what they have in common (besides kale) and how they are different.
20 Ways to Practice Gratitude
by Jing Fong
This mandala-esque poster is a happy self-care tool, and can also be adapted to classroom use.
"Genetically Modified Food" Literary Gem Author Constantin Metzger
by Constantin Metzger
Constantin Metzger is a student of Veronika Fröhlich at Pädagogische Hochschule University of Education in Heidelberg, Germany. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine article "A Month Without Monsanto," by April Dávila. Read Constantin's essay about feeling dependent on large corporations, and his efforts to ensure that his decisions remain his own.
Akaya Windwood Response to "Seeing the Unseen" Essay Winners
by Akaya Windwood
Akaya Windwood, president of the Rockwood Leadership Institute and author of "What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other," responds to essay winners of the Winter 2013 writing competition
"Seeing the Unseen" Powerful Voice Winner Reyna Flores
by Reyna Flores
Reyna Flores is a student of Stephanie Agnew at West Valley City School in Spokane, Washington. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article "What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other," by Akaya Windwood. Read Reyna's poem about a misunderstood young girl and a lonely old woman who find each other.
"Seeing the Unseen" College Winner Adam Dales
by Adam Dales
Adam Dales is a United States Army Veteran and student at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He read and responded to YES! Magazine article "What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other," by Akaya Windwood. Read Adam's essay about how he was humbled by the kindness of someone he would normally ignore in a depressing area of town.
"Seeing the Unseen" High School Winner Nizhone Hickman
by Nizhone Hickman
Nizhone Hickman is a student of Lisa Watson at Sonoran Science Academy in Tucson, Arizona. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine article "What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other," by Akaya Windwood. Read Nizhone's essay about his challenge of opening up to strangers and his commitment to keep trying.
"Seeing the Unseen" Middle School Winner Sumaiyah Mustaphalli
by Sumaiyah Mustaphalli
Sumaiyah Mustaphalli is a sixth-grade student of Blakeney Miller at Orlando Science Middle School in Orlando, Florida. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article "What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other?" by Akaya Windwood. Read Sumaiyah's essay about how the smile of the young grocery bagger gave her hope for her soon-to-be-born sibling.
Neighborhood Chalkboard Reveals Secrets and Dreams
by Jing Fong
TEDTalk by Candy Chang on connecting communities through art, sharing, and usable public spaces.
Animal Odd Couples
Are animals capable of feeling emotions? PBS Nature shares evidence that humans are not the only ones on the planet who cares, loves, and empathizes. Meet five animal odd couples.
"Your Dream House" Literary Gems
by Jing Fong
Though not every participant can win the Fall 2012 writing contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Dee Williams Response to Fall 2012 Essay Winners
by Dee Williams
Dee Williams, who downsized from a three-bedroom to an 84-square-foot house, responds to essay winners of the Fall 2012 writing competition.
"Your Dream House" High School Winner Ritika Mazumder
by Ritika Mazumder
Ritika Mazumder is a student at Houston High School in Germantown, Tennessee. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Living Large in a Tiny House," by Carol Estes. Read Ritika's essay about her desire to have a smaller home as long as she can spend time with the people she lives with.