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As part of the district's commitment to supporting whole-child academic and social-emotional success, this school year District 54 students are also learning and practicing happiness tactics defined in Achor's work.
A purveyor of 'positive psychology' who has won teaching recognitions at Harvard University, Achor said his travels in different countries working with schools and companies led him to the conclusion that most people believe happiness is a product of success-a mentality that dictates effort equates to success, and that success equates to happiness, which, he posits, shouldn't be the case.
Achor pointed to a large and growing body of research that answers with a resounding "yes." Studies show that when we are happy, our brains perform significantly better--intelligence increases, creativity increases, energy levels increase--than when we are unhappy, neutral or stressed.
"You reach out to 21 people in your social network, which also makes them feel better, and then they often give you more social support in return." And good social networks matter: Achor's team discovered a strong statistical correlation between feeling socially connected and happiness.
The executive said Achor's talk caused him to rethink everything, from how he greeted employees to how he conducted meetings.
The planned segment will focus on the district's social-emotional learning task force and its newly created curriculum based on Achor's research, she said.
The Happiness Guy, SUCCESS columnist Shawn Achor, turns around the success-happiness equation.
Achor said their return home meant the end of their rebellion in Wau state, urging government to negotiate their grievances in a responsible manner.
This year, all District 54 employees have been asked to read "The Happiness Advantage" by Shawn Achor, a study of how individuals can reprogram their brains to become more positive and how that positivity spreads to fuel happiness throughout our community.
April 10, 2017 (JUBA) - The governor of South Sudan's Wau state, Andrea Mayar Achor has downplayed the intensity of fighting that took place between ethic lines on Monday.
Governor Andrea Mayar Achor has revealed that the initiative has the approval of President Salva Kiir and prominent community leaders in the state, adding his mission is to ensure peace returns to the state.