Optimists for the win!

The optimists We all know someone who is an optimist. Maybe you are an optimist! Optimism is feeling hopeful or confident that things will go well in the future. It is the belief that better days are coming, things will work out, that the future is bright. Optimists can be annoyingly cheerful,…
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Volunteering, who benefits?

Social to the core Humans are social creatures. Depriving a person of human contact is torturous. It also impedes their cognitive and physical development. We need connections! And we need lots of it. Our communities Communities take many shapes and forms. Most of us are part of many distinct communities. Friends, family,…
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Serious Play

How seriously do you take play? It’s a funny question, right? Play is just for fun. But if you have read a bit about play, you know that play is serious business! First, let’s define play. When we talk about play, we are talking about unstructured, child-led, imaginative play. This is the kind of play that happens…
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How young is too young for gratitude?

Healthier and happier Did you know that people who practice being grateful are healthier and happier? A child’s tendency to feel gratitude is important. It is one of eight skills especially likely to predict life satisfaction and high achievement. Research has found that gratitude makes people: More enthusiastic & determined, More likely to…
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