Make time for self-awareness.

Would you like to be more effective in the classroom, achieve job satisfaction, minimize power struggles with challenging students, and build more positive relationships with your students? Would you like to feel less stressed out as an educator? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Emotional intelligence, especially self-awareness, is a key component for managing stress, avoiding burnout, and thriving in the classroom.

What is self-awareness?

Daniel Goleman, in his 1995 book, Emotional intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ, described self-awareness as being aware of our mood and our thoughts about that mood…


What is happiness and how do I get it?

More than simply a “positive mood,” the definition of happiness is “a state of well-being, a sense of enjoyment in life, a sense of meaning and deep contentment.” A significant body of research also suggests that happy people have better physical health. Research tells us that feelings of positivity and fulfillment benefit cardiovascular health, our immune system, inflammation levels, and blood pressure, among other things. Happiness has also been linked to a longer lifespan a higher quality of life and well-being.

The happiness advantage.

Repetitive experiences of positive emotions can change the structure and function of the brain. …


Here’s what do do about it.

What doesn’t work: Suppressing Negative Emotions

A common approach to dealing with negative emotions is to attempt to suppress, avoid, or deny them. You probably know people who seem stressed, depressed, or anxious to you, but who don’t or can’t see it in themselves. Maybe you’ve tried to talk to them about it, to get them to open up to you, but that conversation when nowhere. People like this seem to act as if there is no problem at all, and they move on with life without dealing with their negative emotions. …


Three ways you can develop empathy and avoid job burnout.

Using empathy to increase well-being. Image: Shutterstock
Using empathy to increase well-being. Image: Shutterstock

Empathy defined

Empathy refers to the ability to recognize, understand, and share the thoughts and feelings of another person. Having empathy involves experiencing another person’s point of view, rather than just one’s own. Researchers generally define empathy an awareness of another’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.

People with high levels of empathy tend to having larger social circles and more satisfying relationships. In essence, being able to understand the perspectives, intentions, and needs of others is a significant requirement for being able to sustain lasting, in-depth relationships.

How empathy relates…


A new study reveals the invisible scars evident in adulthood.

Leah grew up in a chaotic home environment. She witnessed severe domestic violence (her mother shot her second husband in her presence), her mother was twice divorced, she was neglected by her mentally ill mother, she was abandoned, which resulted in spending her middle and high school years in foster care (four different homes in four years), and in 9th grade the home where she was living was destroyed by a tornado. With the exception of the natural disaster, the events in her chaotic upbringing resulted from having a mother with borderline personality disorder.

Remarkably, Leah’s story is not all…


Set yourself up for success with this powerful non-drug treatment.

Depression is the most common mental illness, affecting at least 25 percent of Americans, but a growing body of research suggests that one of its best cures is inexpensive and readily available.

Most of us are familiar with the many physical benefits of exercise — from managing weight, blood pressure, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease to improving energy, sleep, muscle tone, energy and stamina, and longevity just to name a few. Oftentimes, we might be so focused on the physical benefits of exercise that we might forget about the various mental…


Research proves it!

Thriving, image from Shutterstock
Thriving, image from Shutterstock

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic challenges have had a marked effect on people’s mental health. During the pandemic, over 40% of adults have reported symptoms of anxiety or depression, according to recent reports for the first two weeks of March, 2021 (KFF Health, 2021). Many adults also report specific negative impacts on their mental health and well-being, such as difficulty sleeping or eating, increased alcohol consumption or substance use, and worsening chronic conditions, due to worry and stress over the coronavirus. …


The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic challenges have had a marked effect on people’s mental health. During the pandemic, over 40% of adults have reported symptoms of anxiety or depression, according to recent reports for the first two weeks of March, 2021 (KFF Health, 2021). Many adults also report specific negative impacts on their mental health and well-being, such as difficulty sleeping or eating, increased alcohol consumption or substance use, and worsening chronic conditions, due to worry and stress over the coronavirus. As the pandemic wears on, more and more people are experiencing situations linked to poor mental health…

Dr. Robin LaBarbera

I write to provide research, insights, and practical tips for living well and thriving in our personal and professional lives. www.labarberalearning.com

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