~ 8 minutes

Dr Valliant’s book,  Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life, is a compendium of three studies involving over 800 individuals, men and women, rich and poor, who were followed for more than 50 years, from adolescence to old age.  In it, he identifies one of the most powerful predictors of successful aging is optimism — the ability to “make lemonade out of life’s lemons.”

Given how complex and stressful it is to be a teacher, we all need this skill! Plus, did you know optimism is learnable? This module will explore how it is learnable and share some strategies that can be of help.

Watch this video:

The Present | screenplay and directed by Jacob Frey; based on a comic strip by Fabio Cavalcanti (4.19 minutes)

What did you notice about this boys mindset in this video? How did it change over the course of the video? Can you imagine what was goign through his head?

Read this article 

Exercise Optimism — How to Use Emotional Intelligence | Six Seconds (3 minutes) 

By employing a habit of optimism, people take ownership. They generate new options, invent solutions to “unsolvable” problems — and they are healthier, have stronger relationships, do better at work, and are more resilient.