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“The greatest remedy for anger is delay.” Seneca – Anger Management

“The greatest remedy for anger is delay.” Seneca – Anger Management

09/19/2021

How should we act when we are angry? Anger is one of those emotions that we say is inherently dangerous and unpredictable. When we're angry, we are told to walk away or breathe to allow the intense feelings to pass. Yet, sometimes getting angry is actually a wise strategy, esp ..
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“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”  Plato – Power

“The measure of a man is what he does with power.” Plato – Power

09/12/2021

Does power reveal our true character? Being a good person is hard enough. It's even harder when we occupy positions of authority. Authority gives us leeway to deal with others in whatever way we want, and carry through with punishments of our design. How we execute our power r ..
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“We suffer more in imagination than in reality.” Seneca – Happiness

“We suffer more in imagination than in reality.” Seneca – Happiness

09/05/2021

Can our imagination make us happy? Happiness is something that everyone wants. Sometimes, though, our imaginations create anxiety and actually prevent us from experiencing happiness. We make things worse than they actually are because of what we create in our minds. Yet, at ot ..
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“The greatest teacher failure is.”  Yoda – Growth Mindset

“The greatest teacher failure is.” Yoda – Growth Mindset

08/29/2021

Do you need to fail to learn? From a young age we are taught the value of learning from our mistakes. The logic goes something like this, when we make mistakes we see opportunities for improvement and learning. Failure makes us wise. Yet, we also learn through our successes. I ..
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“Wisely and slowly, they stumble that run fast.” William Shakespeare – Decision Making

“Wisely and slowly, they stumble that run fast.” William Shakespeare – Decision Making

08/22/2021

How do we know when the cautious approach is the right one? Students sometimes rush into decision-making without forethought. They do it on term papers, class projects, and even in their relationships. This approach often causes more heartache and work in the long run. There i ..
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“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”  Winston Churchill – Success

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill – Success

08/08/2021

Is failure necessary for success? Student success is often determined by achievements, like getting a job, acing a test, or winning a competition. Failure is seen as the opposite of success, and something to avoid at all costs. What if failure is necessary for success? Is it p ..
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“A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.”   Malcolm X – Character

“A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.” Malcolm X – Character

07/29/2021

How do you know when you should change your values? Of the many elements of a strong character, none is more important than a person having a strong system of values. A person who has strong values stands for something, has a stable guide for behavior, and prevents him/herself ..
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“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” Albert Einstein – Happiness

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” Albert Einstein – Happiness

07/08/2021

What’s the best way to lead a happy life? When kids talk about strategies for living a happy life, they often talk about goals, like getting a great job or becoming famous. If they reach that goal, then that's clear evidence of success and deep satisfaction for having pursue ..
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“Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.” James Baldwin – Freedom

“Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.” James Baldwin – Freedom

06/27/2021

Can we decide to be free? Freedom is an often used yet really complex concept. Many consider freedom something that is granted to them, something they don't have to work for. Others see freedom as something denied, and something that must be fought for. These different concept ..
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“Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.”  Alice Walker – Power

“Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.” Alice Walker – Power

06/24/2021

What makes one person more powerful than another? We constantly compare ourselves to others, often concluding that they have it much better than we do. We spend much of life idolizing people, and in the process, give them power over us. Yet, what's lost here is the stark truth ..
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“The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.” Marcus Aurelius – Anger Management

“The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.” Marcus Aurelius – Anger Management

06/20/2021

What is the best way to overcome your enemies? Enemies have a way of bringing out the worst in us. They make us act and think in mean ways. When we mimic the behaviors of our enemies we get revenge on them and feel a fleeting sense of accomplishment. But, maybe resisting anger ..
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“A disciplined mind leads to happiness. An undisciplined mind leads to suffering.”  Dalai Lama – Discipline

“A disciplined mind leads to happiness. An undisciplined mind leads to suffering.” Dalai Lama – Discipline

06/10/2021

Do we control our own happiness? Teachers and parents alike espouse the value of focus. With focus, children appreciate the value of the moment and can learn to control their mind. Yet, phones and social media conspire to make focus difficult. The undisciplined mind, split fro ..
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