Are You a Change Maker?

If you caught even a few minutes of the Democratic National Convention, you most likely heard and saw the words “change maker.” Last year, it was social entrepreneurs – those who establish an enterprise with the aim of solving social problems or effecting social change – which morphed into social intrapreneurs – agents of change working to align corporate ethnography with society values…

11 Things to Remember to Keep Your Passion for Teaching in Focus

The floors are polished, the desks are clean, the pencils are sharpened, and the “Welcome Back!” banner is hung.  As summer comes to a close, educators across the country have been working hard to get everything ready. It seems like just yesterday that you were limping to the finish line – buried in paperwork, out…

Is the Life You’re Living Worth the Price You’re Paying?

Think about the last time you were in “the zone.” Accomplishment feels good. Productivity is motivating. Creativity is rewarding. The rush of endorphins and dopamine when we can finally exclaim, “I did it!” is exhilarating. We get a nice rush of serotonin when we’re recognized for our contributions. When we’re in the zone, purpose and…

Cheer up, Chill out, and Get Smart About Chocolate

Did you know that happiness has a direct correlation with effective brain function? Research shows that your brain is 31% more effective when you’re positive than when you’re feeling negative, stressed, or even neutral.  When you feel a genuine sense of happiness, dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins are released. When your brain is flooded with these…