#SIWSDay46 – 6 Ways to Practice Gratitude & Feel Happier Every Day

Link:  http://www.bustle.com/articles/137824-6-ways-to-practice-gratitude-feel-happier-every-day Feeling grateful about my life is something I never feel ashamed of; in my opinion, every moment should be cherished. But sometimes I tend to focus on the negative and forget ways to be grateful, even when it feels like things are just not going my way. The great thing about gratitude is being more aware of what truly makes you happy. Sometimes I forget how awesome life can be and I tend to spiral into a depression when things aren’t going m y way. But even when times are tough, I try to focus on bringing positivity back into my life. Whether we like it or not, life is never going to be easy, and the one way to appreciate the little things is by starting to practice gratitude every single day. Life is full of surprises and positive moments, but sometimes you just need to search through…

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#SIWSDay45 – Teaching Self-Regulation in Schools

A group of kindergarten kids tussle over the same toy, a high school student stresses out over exams, a parent honks her horn furiously at a driver slipping into a parking space in front of a school. All these situations have one thing in common: intense emotions that could escalate into anger or frustration. Sound familiar? It’s part of day-to-day living in this high-tech, stressed-laden world but School District 43 principals and teachers believe it doesn’t have to be this way if people of all ages can learn self-regulation skills. Self-regulation, simply, is recognizing when you are stressed and doing something positive to change the feeling. See more at:  http://www.tricitynews.com/news/teaching-self-regulation-in-schools-1.2166866

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#SIWSDay44 – Pay It Forward in Florida

A Florida woman decided to get into the holiday spirit by paying for the meal for the car behind her. Little did Torie Keene of Lakeland, Florida know that she would start a pay-it-forward chain reaction for the next 250 cars. Cashier Marisabel Figueroa told ABC Keene told her to say ‘Merry Christmas’ and not ‘Happy Holidays’ when telling the next customer that their meal had been paid for. ‘She was speechless,’ Figueroa said. ‘She said, ‘What do I do?’ And I said, ‘You just have a Merry Christmas,’ and she went off, and it stopped right there.’ When people go through a drive-thru they tell the waitress their order then wait to pay. The cashier has record of all the meals and their cost. ‘I just kept giving everyone the same message, and they were all so stunned and so happy,’ Figueroa said. ‘One lady even paid for the meals of…

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#SIWSDay43 – Random Acts of Kindness

It’s one thing to ask young students to be kind to one another. It’s remarkable when more than 300 students take those words to heart and go out of their way to be thoughtful, supportive, helpful and kind over an extended period of time. For the second year in a row, that’s exactly what has happened at Osoyoos Elementary School as the teaching staff, more than 300 students and support staff all participated in the school’s 17 Days of Kindness campaign. Starting in early January and wrapping up last Friday with a celebratory luncheon at the Sonora Community Centre, 17 Days of Kindness involves having every single student trying to show kindness, empathy and support to their fellow students, teachers and to their family members and friends outside of the classroom, said school principal Dave Foster. Whenever a student performed an act of kindness over the 17 school days  in January…

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#SIWSDay42 – Kindness: A Contagion Worth Catching

The easiest way to do this is through kindness. Small and consistent doses of kindness will make you and another person feel better. In fact, kindness has been shown to boost our levels of mental and physical health. It’s also been proven to enhance our relationships with others. Kindness Study If you are concerned that you may not have a “kind” bone in your body, don’t worry because actually everyone does. A 2013 study done by Barbara Fredrickson et al. determined that groups of participants who were randomly assigned to perform a six week (one hour long) loving kindness meditation had a marked increase in their positive emotions as compared to the control group. Participants whose positivity levels increased were noted to also have an increase in their vagal tone as compared to their baseline vagal tone measurements. A toned vagus nerve influences our ability to connect with others, our breathing, heart rate variability and so much more.   Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/debbie-lyn-toomey/kindness-a-contagion-wort_b_9150552.html

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#SIWSDay41 – 55+ Kindness Activities for Kids

We love using these fun and playful kindness activities to teach our kids.  It’s so important to begin teaching them about being kind to others and how little things can make a big difference. What is great about these kindness activities, is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to do something nice.  We love these ideas! Link:  http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/68659/55-kindness-activities-kids

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#SIWSDay40 – Shake It Off Cam Video

I was fortunate enough to meet Jeff Davis who is the police officer in this video.  I can honestly say he is a wonderfully nice and funny person.  It is great to see this Police Dept share some #positivity. Link to You Tube video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XFBUM8dMqw Link to interview with Carson Daly Show:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpmWgpKRdXQ  

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#SIWSDay39 – Why Kindness Heals

What is the solution? Francis W. Peabody, M.D. said in 1925 that, “the secret of the care of the patient is caring for the patient.” These words are even more true today and are now backed by an ever enlarging body of science that demonstrates that kindness, compassion and empathy have a profound effect on healing.   Link:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-r-doty-md/why-kindness-heals_b_9082134.html

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#SIWSDay37 – Pay It Forword Stories

Sarah-Jayne read the book Pay It Forward and realised that the world would be a better place if everyone just did three favours for others.  Having lost her own father at the age of eight, she had great empathy for children of a family friend who had just been widowed.  Sarah-Jayne took time out to chat to the children allaying their fears and making life much easier for their mother.  This ‘success’ prompted the second favour which was to set up a counselling service at her school, particularly to reduce the amount of bullying. Her third favour was for her neighbour, an elderly woman who was losing her sight.  As she had been the one to introduce the Pay it Forward book to Sarah-Jayne, and was an avid reader, it was a real act of paying it forward to take time out every night and read aloud to this neighbour…

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