Relationship skills/collaboration matters! Harvard psychologist and Grant Study director Robert Waldinger shares “What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness” in his TED Talks video. He states, "The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier.” As Eanes employees, we hope you are able to spend quality time with family and friends over this winter holiday. Making memories and building positive relationships does matter!
I hope you take the time to watch the TED Talk mentioned in the information above. No matter what our age, there are some fantastic reminders about the importance of building, maintaining and safeguarding our deepest relationships with our loved ones. While I do not have teenagers at this point, I know I need reminders about building relationships with my children and wife as we get so busy with our life and careers. As my 5th grade twins assert more independence, it is amazing how I must purposely make time to spend with them in meaningful ways. The rush of soccer, basketball, singing and studying can make their lives as hectic as mine from their perspective.
As I have spent time in our sophomore, junior and senior English classes this fall, parts of my message seem to resonate with our students deeply. The idea of the relationships our students share inside our building make us unique. The ability to get along with each other due to our level of respect and kindness shown to each other is rather special. We all agreed this is not a perfect place, but it is a unique place for our students. I also discuss the importance of the collective morality we share from our elementary, middle and high school experience. From day one in Eanes, we know what is right and wrong, and we are encouraged to continue to teach and model this for our students. Students should care for each other, their teachers, and community to continue to make this an authentic environment. We can only achieve this through the relationships we have with our parents as a campus. When people ask me about the magic or mystique of this district, my answer is always the relationships. As we head towards finals and the break, let’s all look towards our own happiness by making our relationships our priority.
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