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Fireborn’s podcast, The Happy Student, is based on the assumption that we all want our kids to have a happy academic and social life and yet we’ve never specifically talked about happiness – what it is and how to get it. When we talk about “happy” often people think about those fleeting really joyful, blissful moments when people tend to think, “Wow. I’m really happy.” Those moments are fantastic and we definitely want our kids to have lots of those, but what we really mean at Fireborn is something much more lasting. Joy and pleasure are momentary feelings and we want our kids to have an overall feeling of well-being and satisfaction. It’s a generally positive experience of life where our kids feels like they’re flourishing, fulfilling their potential and thriving.

 

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Barker, E. Happy Thoughts: Here are the things proven to make you happier. Barking Up the Wrong Tree.  

Barker, E. The 8 Things the Happiest People Do Every Day. Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

Meyers, D. (1993) The Pursuit of Happiness. William Morrow Paperbacks.

Seligman, M. (2004) Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. Atria Books.

Smith, D. (2006) Enduring Happiness: Building a considered and consequential life. DePaw University Winter Term.

Stephens, R. (2018). Your Pursuit of Greatness. The Learning and the Brain Conference (51): Boston, MA.

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