Mindfulness has become a core social and emotional learning strategy in the Austin Independent School District (AISD) in Texas. The district has even created a mindfulness specialist position, filled by James Butler, the district’s 2014 Teacher of the Year.
There are various understandings of mindfulness, but most focus on being nonjudgmental and present in the moment.
people confuse gratification with happiness because they both give a good experience at the beginning. However, the good feeling from gratification only lasts for the current moment or not as long as happiness. Gratification is anything from outside yourself that make you feel good.
rushing through school to get a diploma and not learn anything will not bring you happiness. A diploma is a piece of paper that is outside of yourself.
Happiness is when you build qualities within you, for example, when you build your self-confidence, self-esteem, kindness, honesty, knowledge, etc. These are qualities that develop within yourself. The stronger these qualities become, the happier you will become.
Neurological research shows that tragic experiences can affect brain development and impact a child’s ability to concentrate and relax.
In an attempt to offer more psychological support, they reached out to Grossman who is a teacher and co-founder of Mindful Schools. The definition of mindfulness, says Grossman, is to “pay attention, on purpose, to the present moment.”
a form of narrative therapy for the students.
“Mindfulness taught our kids that they have the ability to make wise choices, and it’s strengthened their resiliency.”