Musings of a retired teacher
For Readers:Christine Carter:Sociologist @ Berkeley's Greater Good Science CenterHer Blog is here
Thanks Dan! It's amazing how much research is coming out recently about happiness. I can think of two videos offhand, one a TED talk by Daniel Kahneman that I mentioned in a blog post (http://temporaryreality.blogspot.com/2010/09/writing-toward-wholeness-experience.html) and the other, a talk by Jeremy Rifkin on Empathic Civilisation (which I may post on Temporary Reality). There's also a lot going on in the field of psychology, with lately a lot of evidence of the happiness benefits of meditation :-)This was a nice video, encouraging to see what's currently being considered and that researchers are recognizing that it is worthwhile to investigate happiness and gratitude and that such research may spill out into society in positive ways.
fascinating dan. i know that as teachers we try to bring goodness in whatever form it might take, into our children's lives. the results of that are apparent on many levels and in many unmeasurable ways that extend beyond the life of the child. steven
Thanks for listing this link, Sabio!
Hi, Neighbor! Yes, the fact that scientists are turning their attention to happiness is very encouraging to me as well. There has been a lot of work done in the past ten years or so. Much of it undermines the work done in the fifties by social scientists to convince us that material wealth was the wellspring of happiness.
I'm glad you enjoyed it Cathrine.
steven, our work as teachers extends outward in ways we cannot fully know. Knowing that this is true for both what we do skillfully as well as what we fail to do skillfully helps keep me careful to do as best I can in the classroom.
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