Rest: Teachers are you doing it right?

Imagine writing a whole book on the subject of rest.  That's exactly what Alex Soojung-Kim Pang did in 2016 (although I just learned about the book last week).  Pang is the founder of the Restful Company ( and a visiting scholar at Stanford.

In my teacher self-care presentations and workshops, one of the most frequent comments from teachers is that self-care takes time, and teachers are busy people.  Yes, I agree but according to Pang, rest:

- makes us more creative

- increases our productivity

- heightens our concentration

- reduces multi-tasking

- calms us down

- boost happiness and

- helps us to focus better


In the last two years, I have been making a conscious effort to be healthier and happier.  This includes downtime, less screen-time, being mindful and resting.  But I think I haven't been resting right. 

If you think rest means lying of the sofa and binge-watching t.v., this is just one form, says Pang...

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Did attending a 3-day happiness summit make me happier?

From March 15 to 17, 2019, I had the great pleasure of attending WOHASU’s World Happiness Summit. The event was held at the beautiful University of Miami campus, and since I flew down from Canada, I appreciated the palm trees, sunshine and warmth. UM was also the perfect location because this institution is making “mattering, fairness and wellness” part of their mission statement which could be adopted by all educational institutions. 

In the last three years, I have read as much as possible related to the science of positive psychology or human flourishing and completed two certificates from a Canadian university. Learning about flourishing and happiness and finding ways to apply it to my life and work has been a joy. So, you probably are not surprised that I would be one of those people who would want to attend a 3-day happiness conference.

Am I a happier person because of the summit?  It’s hard to say because I'm already a...

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