These funky little relaxation jars are so easy to make and are wonderful visual aid for helping kids calm themselves when they’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed.

They’re a popular aid for parents but we also encourage teachers to use them in the classroom and have included the instructions in our primary/elementary school curriculum.  read more →

To This Day” is a poem written by Shane Koyczan to highlight the lasting impact bullying can have. He says that schools and families are in desperate need of tools to help combat bullying and shares his message as a way of inspiring others to stand up and take action. Shane explains that the violence he experienced at school still echos but he found that facing the problem has helped him beyond measure.

Several talented contributors came together to support his efforts in raising awareness by helping create the video that went viral upon its release. It tells the stories of bullied children and explores the torment of people who feel different or alone. Shane encourages people to forget what is said and to take a good look at the beauty they see in the mirror. To believe in themselves and know that they are worthy and know that there is hope of a better tomorrow.   read more →

This video had me in tears. It’s the heartwarming story of a man who has the opportunity to pay forward a good deed that touched him when he was a child. So worth a watch, but get your hankie out first. ❤

With thanks to Viddsee

This insightful video from SoulPancake really makes you think! They get a life coach to talk to people on the street and ask them if they’ve ever thought about their success and who helped them get there.

After these people sit and write a letter to the person who has most influenced them during their life, they’re asked to call that person and read them the letter. It’s an emotional and beautiful video that I hope inspires many to do the same.

An inspiring short film that tells the story of a boy who failed to see the generous and kind person his father really was and what a gift he was to many.

1An inspiring video from The Journey of Purpose to encourage us to seek passion in life and live fully, appreciating the life that we have been given.

Featuring: Randy Pausch, Steve Jobs, Will Smith, Stuart Scott

1We live in a world where differences are all around us. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in these differences, especially when we see them in the people that surround us everyday. MattyB believes that everyone deserves the same thing: love. It’s not always popular to love someone and embrace their differences, especially when others make fun of them. But being a leader means standing up for what you believe in and choosing to do the right thing… even when it’s not always popular.

This video by Conscious Discipline appropriately explains bullying as one of the most misunderstood crises of our time. It takes us on an eye opening journey from infancy, highlighting a variety of circumstances within a child’s life that contribute to a bully or victim life-path. Explaining how the bully and victim’s fate can be rerouted through connection, understanding and love, it’s a video all parents and educators should take the time to watch.

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with
our own fragilities.

One small act.
I went on a south sea cruise for a writer’s workshop, the first time I’d had taken a holiday. I didn’t really know what to do with myself if it wasn’t helping someone else. I felt surrounded by decadence and when we had a stopover on a small pacific island I noticed the adults were all at stalls and singing and the children were left to amuse themselves. I went back to the ship and got a bag of ice, which they loved, small cakes, which they devoured hastily, and lots of drawing paper, paints and paint brushes, they were overjoyed. I showed the oldest children how to use my video camera and let them go around the island and film whatever they liked. As I was leaving an elder pointed to my camera. The battery had run out but as the school had a computer, I promised I would send it on a CD.  read more →