The Bench

The Bench from Cameron Burnett on Vimeo. This short video is a wonderful reminder of how the simplest action can make a difference in another person’s life. Many of us have lives that are overly busy and filled with too much stress, but imagine the difference we could make in the world if each of…

Listen With Our Heart

When my son was young I spent many an hour watching Mister Rogers with him. I loved Mister Roger’s slow and easy manner, his clear intention to instill great values, and strong self-esteem in young minds. I also loved seeing the many wonderful ways he conveyed his core statements: “There is only one you!” “I…

Making a Difference

Neo-natal kittens need 24 hour care, because they need to be fed every few hours. The animal shelter didn’t have 24-hour, around-the-clock staff to care for these neo-natal kittens, but an ingenious solution was hatched that brought love, joy, and purpose back into many senior citizens lives. This video is a beautiful and touching account…

Making a Difference

This very inspiring short video about Nicholas Winton, the father of 669 children, reminded me of the importance of being present, and the importance of making a difference. When we are present, it is easier to see a need, and then find a way to boldly fill that need. We can’t fix all the problems in…

Choose Happiness

In this two-minute video by YoursWisely, we’re reminded that chasing happiness won’t bring happiness, as this perspective frames it as something not yet present and requires more of “something else” before it can happen. From this mindset, happiness stays trapped in the future, unavailable in the here and now. Chasing happiness keeps it at a…

The Three R’s of Emotional Education

Traditional education focuses on the three R’s: reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic. Social emotional learning (SEL) focuses on a different set of R’s: regulation, reconstruction and resilience. This set of “soft skills” teaches a child to develop self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship skills. In this two-and-a-half-minute video, Arlo Laibowitz explains SEL and what takes place…