Psychologist Robert Emmons recently told us about the many benefits of practicing gratitude.
- “First, the practice of gratitude can increase happiness levels by around 25%. Second, this is not hard to achieve — a few hours spent writing a gratitude journal over 3 weeks can create an effect that lasts 6 months if not more. Third, that cultivating gratitude brings other health effects, such as longer and better quality sleep time.”
Thanksgiving flew by for me this year without my taking the time to express gratitude to many of the people who have been so generous with their time and advice.
David Brooks writes a great column (requires subscription) in the NYT titled A Critique of Pure Reason. He expands the usual restricted understanding of “education” to incorporate a wider sense of “learning”, by discussing
“The creative ones (politicians) will finally absorb the truth found in decades of research: the relationships children have outside school shape their performance inside the school.”
Each of us has one and same brain, for school (or work) and for “real” life. Labels such as “formal” or “informal” learning are quite irrelevant from a neural development point of view. What happens at home is as important as what happens in school.
“They will understand that schools filled with students who can’t control their impulses, who can’t focus their attention and who can’t regulate their emotions will not succeed, no matter how many reforms are made by governors, superintendents or presidents.”