August 30, 2015
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By Shirley F. Moulton -- Written for International Positive Education Network (IPEN) Blog  8-28-2015
Everyone yearns to be happy regardless of where you were born – it’s a universal longing – it’s innate. So who is responsible for our happiness or our positivity? I recently travelled to Bali from New York City with 14 family members — 6 of who were young adults. We had daily conversations with the young people about the need to ‘get a good education’ – and tried to figure out what that meant. We pondered what determined a successful life. We discussed the high statistics on depression in college students and worried whether this would impact our kids. We debated the meaning and value of character and well-being and talked extensively about the amount of pressure parents put on their kids to succeed – telling them “we only want you to be happy” — yet succeeding to them ‘really’ meant getting top grades, getting into a top university and landing a well paying job. At the crux of the debate with the young adults they confirmed that their happiness and their social and emotional well-being were the most important ‘things’ they wanted to achieve in life. Yes, they wanted to succeed academically, but not at the expense of their well-being, joy and a meaningful life. We concluded that the responsibility for delivering happiness and positivity should be a team effort – it should not rest solely with schools. It should begin in schools, as early as Pre-K but should be pervasive in all aspects and stages of a life – in college, at work, more
March 15, 2015
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By Michal Berg - Spirituality For Kids

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