Monthly Articles

These monthly articles are exclusive to this Website. A new article is posted each month except for July and August.

December 2017 Nurturing Resilience: Is There an Age Limit?
November 2017 Hudner and Brown: “Together in Heaven”
October 2017 Should We Engage in that “Touchy Feely Stuff”?
September 2017 Kindness in the Face of Devastation
June 2017 Testing for What? Part II
May 2017 Testing For What? Part I
April 2017 Grief, Connections, and Resilience
March 2017 Facing Our Mortality: To Lead a Meaningful Life
February 2017 Antidotes to Stress-Filled Times
January 2017 The Power of Awe
December 2016 A Call for Empathy from an Unexpected Source
November 2016 Our Response to Divisiveness and Anger during Uncertain Times
October 2016 Being Optimistic while Considering the Possibility of Failure: Are They Mutually Exclusive Beliefs?
September 2016 The Power of the Relationship and Theories of Mindset
June 2016 Improving Teacher Empathy to Improve Student Behavior
May 2016 Resilience in the Face of the Sudden Loss of a Husband
April 2016 A Day of Nostalgia and Reflection
March 2016 Civility and Respect: A Lesson from the Life of Gil Hodges
February 2016 What Is the Emotional Culture of Your Organization? – Part II
January 2016 What Is the Emotional Culture of Your Organization? – Part I
December 2015 Gratitude in the Face of Adversity: A Source of Resilience
November 2015 Continuing Thoughts about Resilience and Caring: What We Can Learn from Military Veterans
October 2015 Changing Mindsets about Stress
September 2015 Positive Emotions and Purpose in the Classroom
June 2015 Strategies to Reinforce Student Engagement
May 2015 Further Thoughts about Resilience
April 2015 Resilience: The Common Underlying Factor
March 2015 Revisiting the Treasured Insights of Morrie Schwartz
February 2015 Retiring to What?
January 2015 When Do Altruism and Kindness Begin in Our Lives?
December 2014 So Close and Yet So Faraway, So Connected and Yet So Disconnected
November 2014 Is the Process of Aging Significantly Influenced by Our Mindset?
October 2014 Why Not Choose Health?
September 2014 Of Greater Importance to Teens: Compassion or Achievement?
June 2014 Walking: Steps Towards Creativity and Longevity
May 2014 Four Questions: One Answer
April 2014 Nouns vs. Verbs and Other Studies about Teaching Children Moral Behaviors
March 2014 Questionable Values: Why Add More Stress and Pressure on Our Children?
February 2014 A Lack of Respect in the Work Environment
January 2014 How Engaged Are You in Your Work?
December 2013 Can This Happen in Your Workplace?
November 2013 The Stories Of Our Families: How Much Do We Truly Know?
October 2013 Cheating in Schools: To Take Punitive Actions and/or Implement Proactive, Preventive Strategies? Part II
September 2013 Cheating in Schools: To Take Punitive Actions and/or Implement Proactive, Preventive Strategies? Part I
June 2013 Reflections During a European Vacation
May 2013 “My Child Has Achieved More Than Your Child”
April 2013 What We Can All Learn from the Lifestyle of the Centenarian
March 2013 “Living in Peace with that which You Cannot Change”
February 2013 The Death of a Twin Brother
January 2013 So What Resolutions Have You Made for 2013 and How Successful Do You Think You Will Be?
December 2012 Stories about Charismatic Adults: Relationships that Change Lives
November 2012 Further Thoughts about Forgiveness
October 2012 The People from Whom We Gather Strength
September 2012 Searching for Strengths in the School Setting: To Enrich Dignity, Motivation, and Learning
June 2012 Regrets and Optimism
May 2012 Regrets
April 2012 Gratitude and Kindness: Small Gestures, Large Impact
March 2012 To Appreciate Acts of Courage in Our Children
February 2012 “Zero Tolerance” in Schools: How Effective Is it?
January 2012 A Tragic Loss: A Son’s Eulogy
December 2011 Realistic Lifestyle Changes: A Positive Approach to Nurturing Our Health
November 2011 Personal Control: The Lifestyle We Choose that Promotes Physical and Emotional Health
October 2011 Empathy: Turning Feelings and Beliefs into Action
September 2011 A Therapeutic Environment Called School
June 2011 “Race to Nowhere”: Stress and Our Youth – Part III
May 2011 “Race to Nowhere”: Stress and Our Youth – Part II
April 2011 “Race to Nowhere”: Stress and Our Youth – Part I
March 2011 “I Think the Cure Is Worse than the Disease”: The Importance of Realistic Expectations and Self-Compassion
February 2011 Choice and Input: We All Want Our Voices to Be Heard
January 2011 The Impact of Touch
December 2010 To Consider the Eulogy that Will Be Spoken at Our Funeral
November 2010 The State of Marriages: Are there Insights to Be Learned from Greeting Cards? – Part II
October 2010 The State of Marriages: Are there Insights to Be Learned from Greeting Cards? – Part I
September 2010 To Nurture Caring and Empathy in Children: Let’s Rely on Modeling and Action, Not Lecturing
June 2010 Life’s Transitions: Times of Joy, Times of Sadness, Times for Reflection
May 2010 Obedience or Responsibility? Further Thoughts about Motivation and Self-Determination
April 2010 The Complexities of Motivation: The Uncertainty of Predicting Behaviors – Part III
March 2010 The Complexities of Motivation: The Uncertainty of Predicting Behaviors – Part II
February 2010 The Complexities of Motivation: The Uncertainty of Predicting Behaviors – Part I
January 2010 A New Year: Any Planned Changes?
December 2009 Loving Your Work: Practices that Promote Job Satisfaction
November 2009 The Importance of “People” Skills in the World of Science
October 2009 The Play of Children: Lessening Stress and Increasing Self-Control
September 2009 A Grandfather’s Message for Maya, Teddy, Sophie, and Lyla
June 2009 The Vagaries of Fate: The Importance of Living Life in Concert with Ones Values and Priorities
May 2009 Be Cautious about First Impressions: The Case of Susan Boyle (and Many Others)
April 2009 Enriching the Lives of Children by Changing Our Ineffective Scripts and Avoiding “Prescriptions for Failure”: An Update
March 2009 Spanked with Words: More Damaging than We May Realize
February 2009 Reflections on a Career: The Power of Our Stories
January 2009 The Impact of Bad Bosses: A Major Health Issue
December 2008 Generativity: Helping Others and Ourselves to Thrive
November 2008 Forgiveness
October 2008 To Know My Name, to Know Me: The Impact on Learning at All Ages
September 2008 Physical Exercise in School: Fitness for Both Body and Mind
June 2008 A Commencement Address at Harvard: Insights from J.K. Rowling
May 2008 Changing Our Ineffective Scripts so that Children Will Change Theirs
April 2008 Money and Happiness: Truths and Myths
March 2008 Supporting Teachers to Enrich the Lives of Children
February 2008 Want to Enjoy Life? Research Says to Skip Your 40s
January 2008 Professional and Youth Sports: A Story of Drugs and Values
December 2007 The Holiday Season: Questions about Gifts and Giving
November 2007 A Rabbi and a Football Star: Hope and Commitment in the Face of Adversity
October 2007 Raising a Self-Disciplined Child: An Excerpt – Part II
September 2007 Raising a Self-Disciplined Child: An Excerpt – Part I
June 2007 The Color Red, Waiting On Hold, Volunteerism: The Application of Research Findings
May 2007 Giving Children an Allowance: Contrasting Views
April 2007 Engaging Children in “Contributory Activities”: A Preventive Disciplinary Approach
March 2007 Loneliness, Self-Efficacy, and Hope: Often Neglected Dimensions of the Learning Process
February 2007 Friendships and Self-Discipline: A Two-Way Street
January 2007 Saving a Starfish and Enriching Our Lives
December 2006 Disciplinary Practices, Parenting Styles, and The Development of Self-Discipline
November 2006 To Appreciate the Influence of Play
October 2006 Teaching and Displaying Manners: Just an Old-Fashioned Custom?
September 2006 Up-Dated Research and Reflections about Retention: A Questionable Educational Practice that Continues to Flourish
June 2006 Training Future Physicians: An Emphasis on Empathy
May 2006 A “Type D” Personality: The Impact of Stress and Loneliness on Our Health
April 2006 Creating Motivating Environments: Part III
March 2006 Creating Motivating Environments: Part II
February 2006 Creating Motivating Environments: Part I
January 2006 Seek What You Love: To Discover Our Dreams and Passions
December 2005 Timely Words, Small Gestures: Life Changing Moments
November 2005 700 Sundays: One Family’s Portrait, One Universal Message
October 2005 Coping with a Natural Disaster: The Aftermath of Katrina and Rita
September 2005 The Educator’s Mindset: The Basis for Touching a Student’s Mind and Heart
June 2005 The Search for Islands of Competence: A Metaphor of Hope and Strength
May 2005 Puppies and Prisons: Programs for Caring and Dignity
April 2005 The Violence At Red Lake: Further Reflections About Creating Safe Schools
March 2005 Messages of Thanks from a Super Bowl Star: Acts of Thoughtfulness and Gratitude
February 2005 The Study of Happiness: Why Not Examine the Brighter Side of Life?
January 2005 “Is It Ever Too Late?” – Nurturing Positive Mindsets Throughout Our Lives
December 2004 Pressurized Children, Pressurized Adults: Let’s Find Time for Play
November 2004 The Boston Red Sox of 2004: Connections to the Past and to the Future
October 2004 A Football Coach’s Lessons for Life: To Nurture Respect and Dignity in Our Youth
September 2004 The New School Year: Orienting Staff and Students for Success
June 2004 Hardwired to Connect: Nurturing “Authoritative Communities” – Part II
May 2004 Hardwired to Connect: Nurturing “Authoritative Communities” – Part I
April 2004 Hazing: Rituals of Bonding or Humiliation?
March 2004 Resilience and the Threat of Terrorism
February 2004 Resilience: A Common or Not-So-Common Phenomenon?
January 2004 Positive Psychology: A Belief in Human Strengths
December 2003 Nurturing Student Ownership and Responsibility: A Vital Ingredient of a Positive School Climate
November 2003 From Morrie to Heaven: To Appreciate the People who Enrich Our Lives
October 2003 The Power to Change Your Life: Ten Keys to Resilient Living
September 2003 The Power and Courage of “Superman”: Exemplifying the Concept of “Personal Control”
June 2003 Does It Matter How We Raise Our Children?
May 2003 Rejection
April 2003 Fear and Hope in Uncertain Times
March 2003 Making Sound Decisions about Nurturing a Sound Mind and a Sound Body
February 2003 Further Thoughts about Personal Control
January 2003 Chance Meetings: Opportunities Gained or Lost
December 2002 Different Mindsets, Different Perspectives
November 2002 School Retention: A Common Practice but Is It Effective?
October 2002 You Get What You Expect
September 2002 A Year of Tragedy, of Hope, of Reflection
June 2002 Stepping Outside the Box: Some Additional Thoughts – Part II
May 2002 Stepping Outside the Box: The Importance of a Different Perspective – Part I
April 2002 Violence Prevention in Our Schools: Promoting a Sense of Belonging
March 2002 Further Thoughts about Youth Sports – Part II
February 2002 Some Thoughts about Youth Sports – Part I
January 2002 The Lighter Side of Changing Negative Scripts: The Benefits of Humor and Laughter
December 2001 Compassion and Caring: Integral Features of Emotional Well-Being
November 2001 Terrorism: Helping Our Children Cope
October 2001 A Personal Reflection on the Aftermath of Terror
September 2001 Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with the Impact of Terrorism
September 2001 Questions and Answers about Resilience
June 2001 Perspectives on Discipline: The Effectiveness of Natural and Logical Consequences – Part III
May 2001 Are You a Parent Possessing a Mindset to Foster Resilience in Your Children?
April 2001 Perspectives on Discipline: The Power of Prevention – Part II
March 2001 Perspectives on Discipline: Does Spanking Really Have a Role? – Part I
February 2001 Further Reflections on Connections
January 2001 Reflections on Connections
December 2000 Mistakes: Experiences from which to Learn or Feel Defeated? – Part III
November 2000 Mistakes: Experiences from which to Learn or Feel Defeated? – Part II
October 2000 Mistakes: Experiences from which to Learn or Feel Defeated? – Part I
September 2000 Education and “Charismatic” Adults: To Touch a Student’s Heart and Mind
June 2000 Differences from Birth – Part V
May 2000 Differences from Birth – Part IV
April 2000 Differences from Birth – Part III
March 2000 Differences from Birth – Part II
February 2000 Differences from Birth – Part I
January 2000 Changing “Negative Scripts”: We Are the Authors of Our Own Lives–A Message for the New Year
December 1999 Fostering Responsibility in Children: “Contributory Activities” and the Role of the School – Part II
November 1999 Fostering Responsibility in Children: Chores or Contributions? – Part I
October 1999 Helping Others to Feel Special and Appreciated: Overcoming a “Praise Deficit” – Part II
September 1999 Helping Others to Feel Special and Appreciated: Overcoming a “Praise Deficit” – Part I
June 1999 Stressed Out or Stress Hardy? – Part III
May 1999 Stressed Out or Stress Hardy? – Part II
April 1999 Stressed Out or Stress Hardy? – Part I
March 1999 The Importance of Empathy: A Significant Feature of the Mindset of Successful People – Part II
February 1999 The Importance of Empathy: A Significant Feature of the Mindset of Successful People – Part I