In the early 1990’s, approximately 700 American nuns agreed to allow researchers access to their autobiographies as part of a research program on aging and Alzheimer’s disease. The published results were astounding. The more positive emotions the nuns expressed in their autobiographical notes -contentment, gratitude, happiness, love and hope – the more likely they were to be alive and well sixty years later.
Since the publication of the “Nun Study” and the resulting research it inspired, we now understand the multiple effects of developing an attitude of gratitude and appreciation. It can help improve physical health, develop immunity to disease, and even reduces toxic emotions like depression and stress.
The month of November has been one of thanksgiving. On Veteran’s day, we thanked the members of our Armed Forces for their dedication. During the Jogathon, we heard messages of inspiration and gratitude from Tara and Hema from the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). And on Thanksgiving we spent time with our friends and families, while we loosened our pant belts a little bit more for the extra stuffing and apple pie!
As we look forward to Chanukah, we hope to continue this feeling of gratitude and happiness through the lighting of the menorah. We hope you will join us on December 12 for our “light up the night” Chanukah event. (Be on the lookout for more information) We will gather at each other’s homes to light candles, eat some latkes and sufganiyot, play dreidel. But most importantly, we will take time to express our gratitude and appreciate the amazing community in which we live.
Parent-teacher conferences are being held Monday and Tuesday and we look forward to seeing you. There is nothing like parent-teacher conferences to remind us that we are truly your partners. We all share a common goal: To make this a successful school year for your child! Here are some tips to make the most of […]
It’s not enough to provide rigorous academics that challenge students intellectually. Jobs and wage growth opportunities open up for those who have the social skills needed in order to work well with others. That’s why we work with great intention to help our students become excellent collaborative problem-solvers. According to Andreas Schleicher who oversees the […]
Making bracelets and selling baked goods sounds like a modest way of repairing the entire world – even if all the proceeds go to rebuild homes and lives devastated by disasters in Puerto Rico and Mexico City. But the genius behind Judaism’s concept of Tikkun Olam – Repairing the World – lies in its modesty. […]
To begin our guidance lessons each week, students are welcomed to a Mindful Moment practice. They are invited to find a comfortable position that is alert and intentional, to close their eyes, and to focus one of their five senses as an anchor to paying attention on purpose, without judgment, to the present moment. We […]
In the early 1990’s, approximately 700 American nuns agreed to allow researchers access to their autobiographies as part of a research program on aging and Alzheimer’s disease. The published results were astounding. The more positive emotions the nuns expressed in their autobiographical notes -contentment, gratitude, happiness, love and hope – the more likely they were […]