Three good things

I found out that I have students who like to code. In fact one of my biggest challenges has been motivating a couple of youngsters who just couldn’t get enough of HTML programming today. The weather improved as the day went on and got to read the Pope’s homily for today. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by e early everything our new Pope has said and today he simply knocked it out of the park. If you haven’t read today’s homily I will provide lank here.

“The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.

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of the Vatican Radio website

Three Good Things

Last summer I took a one day seminar on Positive Psychology at St. Bonaventure University. Since then I’ve been trying to implement some of what I learned along with what I continue to read about positive psychology in the classroom. I figured that anything I can do to make school less stressful would help everyone whether student or teacher.  One of the practices that I learned was to keep a journal or blog and to make note of three things that went well each day. I’ve been having students do this on their own blogs. Now, I’m practicing what I’ve been preaching and just open to where it leads me. So according to an article I just read, Positive Psychology in Practice, I’m going to try this for awhile to see where it leads.  I’m interested to note if anyone else is doing this too.

Three good things. Every evening, write down three good things that happened that day and think about why they happened.