Category Archives: Mental Health

Living the Change – A Documentary by Happen Films

On a day when our children are demanding change on the streets, we must begin to act. Here are some examples at the micro level. People who are making a difference. As a teacher and citizen I tell these stories … Continue reading

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(85) Curiosity Is Your Super Power | Spencer Harrison & Jon Cohen | TEDxLosGatos – YouTube

This week I have been searching Harvard Business Magazine for ideas to provoke my students. Typically they are not curious. this may help them understand how important curiosity is.

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The greatest gift. | Holstee

A thought for today. “Life is not a problem to be solved, it is a gift to be enjoyed”.  (Søren Kierkegaard? J. “Koos” van der Leeuw?) “Day by day and year by year, we race through life — running around … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis Polly Morland A Review

I am fascinated by the idea of change; particularly, how we change for the better. This book written by journalist Polly Morland is titled “Metamorphosis: How and Why we change”. It’s not a self-help book, rather Polly seeks to explore … Continue reading

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(70) How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed | Daniel Levitin – YouTube

I’m in the middle of a really stressful time. It is a sensible thought to prepare yourself for times like this. Here are some are sensible suggestions worth listening to.

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Mind fuck: The perils of the hero entrepreneur mythology | Idealog

I am teaching and encouraging my students to identify fake news and to question dominant narratives, this builds capacity for critical thinking and self-empowerment and agency. Stories of the hero-entrepreneur are commonly told to encourage us to emulate them but … Continue reading

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Great news: pleasure is the purpose of life. Bad news: moderation is key | Aeon Videos

This is a useful idea. Seek pleasure in moderation. And I also have to say, many researchers have reached this conclusion and, of course, moderation is a key to sustainable living. Should you feel bad about pursuing pleasure? Many philosophers … Continue reading

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My Critique of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Self Improvement by Stephen Covey – YouTube

This video is a summary of a book I read many years ago. Worth revisiting, yet I’ve moved on. Covey doesn’t speak to me at all now. Yes, he teaches skills that are useful, skills I use every day toward … Continue reading

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An Antidote to White Male Capitalist Culture: Adrienne Rich on the Liberating Power of Storytelling and How Reading Emancipates – Brain Pickings

This week this was on my reading list. I think Adrienne Rich is absolutely correct. Reading, writing, learning to think carefully and critically are foundation steps toward self-empowerment and emancipation. That is true for every marginalized, disempowered and ignored individual. … Continue reading

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(57) Christopher Hitchens: Empowerment of Women – YouTube

This man was a wonderfully clear thinker and makes an important point about poverty. I’m not sure how this translates to New Zealand, we do so much more than ensuring access to health-care for women. Poverty is still a challenge … Continue reading

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