Happiness Is…

summer

…finding shade under an oak tree in summer.  Running on the beach at full tilt.  Looking down at the clouds from the mountains.  Opening a brand new school (hint: The Cove!)

We also discover an unending well of happiness in the process of learning and trying new things.  Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, has a wonderful definition of happiness:

We invited our school community to read Professor Dweck’s book Mindset over the summer.  If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to read her book, here is a great video of a talk she gave on the subject.

One of the main reasons we choose to be educators is because we feel great joy in learning. As Ms. Dweck says, we are “Vehemently, vigorously engaged with learning.”  One of our goals as a school community is to help all of our students cultivate a growth mindset – that, with practice, patience, and persistence, they can overcome obstacles to meet their goals; they can develop skills and talents they thought they didn’t have; they can learn to see struggles and setbacks as normal parts of the learning and growing process – not as defeat.

“When you enter a mindset, you enter a new world.  In one world – the world of fixed traits – success is about proving you’re smart or talented.  Validating yourself.  In the other – the world of changing qualities – it’s about stretching yourself to learn something new.  Developing yourself.”  Mindset, p. 15

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