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June 2024

Your Happiness Calendar for Educators

This month, find more moments of play and connection with daily tips and practices from Greater Good Science Center’s education team.

Our monthly Happiness Calendar for Educators is a day-by-day guide to building kinder, happier schools where everyone belongs.

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Good News for Humankind!

The world’s latest milestones for climate, justice, peace, health, and more

Ten percent of the world’s tropical forests are found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). But the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the DRC is losing 1.2 million acres of forest every year. To help address this, a Congolese government program aspired to plant 1 billion trees between 2019 and 2023, aiming to strengthen climate resilience, alleviate poverty and protect biodiversity, and achieved 90% of their goal.

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Grandma Ach

Grandma Ach

In two science classes on March 20, 2023 at the wonderful Rainbow Community School in Asheville, NC, I taught some thirty plus seventh and eight graders a lesson on the chemistry of bread, then we made my Grandma’s famous ‘crisps’ – fried pizza dough that you dip in powdered sugar.

Refelections…

The Power Of Equanimity

by Ruth King | Founder of Mindful of Race Institute, LLC. | Celebrated author, educator, and meditation teacher. (excerpt from a 2020 piece prior to elections)

Fortunately, even outside of formal meditation, you can orient the heart toward embracing equanimity simply by bringing to mind intentions of equanimity.. 

Here are a few meditations…  Take time to relax and linger in the goodwill of motivating these phrases:

– May I bear witness to things just as they are.

– May I offer care without hesitation, knowing I may be met with gratitude, anger, or resistance.

– May I be free from preference and prejudice.

– May I see the world with quiet eyes.

News, Topics & Events

June Spotlight

June 2024

Your Happiness Calendar for Educators

This month, find more moments of play and connection with daily tips and practices from Greater Good Science Center’s education team.

Around the Globe

Good News for Humankind!

The world’s latest milestones for climate, justice, peace, health, and more

Ten percent of the world’s tropical forests are found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). But the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the DRC is losing 1.2 million acres of forest every year. To help address this, a Congolese government program aspired to plant 1 billion trees between 2019 and 2023, aiming to strengthen climate resilience, alleviate poverty and protect biodiversity, and achieved 90% of their goal.

Reflections

Meditation and Neuroscience: Unlocking the Science Behind Mindfulness

Meditation is becoming more popular every year globally. According to the Center for Disease Control, the proportion of adults in the United States who meditated in the past year tripled from 2012 to 2017.

Studies in the field of neuroscience have shed light on the tangible effects meditation can exert on the brain and even help with reducing chronic pain. From the first studies in Western scientific literature in the 1950s and 60s to the present, scientists have investigated meditation’s effects on the body and mind.