With the winter months looming and teacher morale plummeting (as a previous forum post reports) I thought there might be interest in talking about happiness!
I have recently stumbled into a new podcast entitled The Happiness Lab, hosted by Dr. Laurie Santos, which covers the modern science of happiness and how to incorporate positive habits of mind into our daily lives. The podcast itself sprung up out of a very popular Yale seminar entitled The Science of Well-being which has been turned into a free Coursera course of the same name.
I wanted to share these resources for two reasons:
A) Happiness is reportedly something people enjoy and pursue.
B) I am curious if any frequenters of the forum would be interested in engaging in a podcast listening club in which we would listen to an episode and then share our responses? Another option would be working through the Coursera course as a cohort and sharing our progress. It could be a totally private group similar to how book clubs have been handled in the past (Thanks to @HLeslieGrebe for the model).
I think it would be massively beneficial for personal reasons but also to mine the content for classroom use!
There are different options and ways of moving forward if there is interest, please post below if you have other ideas!
A few individuals at my site are interested in the both the podcast and the Coursera class and I would love to build a community throughout the district. If you are interested in joining me either post below or email–I don’t want to pursue happiness alone