Teach Happier! Small shifts. Big gifts.
By Suzanne Dailey
This weekly podcast is designed to help anyone working in schools incorporate small shifts. These small shifts, practiced over time, will make a positive impact in school AND at home. In these 5 minute episodes, Suzanne will share a little story and invite listeners to incorporate a small shift in their upcoming week. At the end of the week, listeners can reflect to see if it increased their happiness at home or at school.
Teach Happier! Small shifts. Big gifts.May 21, 2023
In this episode, we consider using Arthur Brooks’ idea of a “failure journal“ to reframe some of the disappointments we’ve experienced in our personal or professional lives.
Sep 24, 202307:20
Teacher Tired with Decision Fatigue? Try this.
In this episode, we examine how to lessen the decisions in our day so we have greater capacity for connection, creativity and energy.
Sep 17, 202309:12
Let’s Go Glimmer Hunting
After a short update, on the podcast, we explore a small shift in thought as we begin a new school year. How can we be on the lookout for glimmers at work and at home?
Sep 10, 202306:56
WOOP it Up this School Year
In an effort to integrate some of our Summer Self into our School Self, we examine the WOOP strategy to help us accomplish this restorative goal.
Sep 01, 202308:37
In this summer bonus episode, we first reflect on last month’s invitation with a little reflection. Then we consider the things that fill our days that leave us “happily exhausted”
Aug 01, 202311:54
In this bonus episode, we ask ourselves 2 questions that help us prioritize these glorious days of summer.
Jul 01, 202306:41
Lessons from a Convenience Store
In this episode, we look at an intentional decision a local convenience store has made and explore why that helps make people feel good.
Jun 01, 202306:58
Setting up for Summer
In this final episode of season 3, we reflect by asking ourselves 4 questions and consider ways to increase our happiness during the upcoming summer.
May 21, 202310:16
Bid for Connections
In this episode, we are inspired by Doctors John and Julie Gorman as we are invited to notice bids for connection in our personal and professional lives.
May 14, 202308:30
In this milestone episode, we remember our most popular episodes and recap the biggest 3 takeaways.
May 07, 202309:07
What are you Feeling?
In this episode, we consider a small shift in language that can help others communicate their feelings with us.
Apr 30, 202304:46
Must be Nice
In this episode, we are invited to take the popular phrase, “Must be nice” and flip it around so we can discern our next right thing.
Apr 23, 202306:23
The Happiest Demographic
In this episode, we learn the group that is the happiest demographic and get inspired by their reflections.
Apr 16, 202306:31
Reflections on Relational Diversity
In this episode, we learn how important relational diversity is in our personal and professional lives. We reflect on those relationships to see if we have higher or lower levels of relational diversity.
Apr 02, 202305:39
Be Comfortable being Human
This week’s episode shares a small shift in thought that helps us pay attention to our feelings in good or challenging seasons.
Mar 26, 202305:28
Believe & Wish
In this episode, we explore 2 small shifts in language inspired by Dr. Becky Kennedy. These simple shifts in language can help others feel seen and heard.
Mar 19, 202306:45
Hurry Up and W.A.I.T.
In this episode, we unpack the acronym W.A.I.T, a small shift in thought can help us in our language and actions.
Mar 12, 202307:04
Take a Shower
In this episode, we learn why taking a shower can open up our minds and help us develop ideas, solve problems, and unleash creativity. Link to waterproof post-its: showernotes.com
Mar 05, 202304:47
Turn Up the Quiet
In this bonus episode, we are encouraged to prioritize pockets of silence in our lives in an effort to leave room for creativity and inspiration.
Mar 01, 202305:07
Hello, I’ve been Expecting You
In this episode, we consider a small shift to our “to think” list in an effort to move through unexpected emotions as rational optimists.
Feb 26, 202307:23
A Friendly Reminder
In this episode, we learn about a small shift in action that help us care for those around us who are in a challenging season.
Feb 19, 202306:29
Small Shifts; Full Circle Gifts
In this episode, we hear a story about how the tiniest shifts in thoughts, language and actions turned into a beautiful, full circle moment with a former student.
Feb 12, 202307:15
Tell Me Something Good
In this episode, we explore a small shift in language that can help us enter and move through conversations with rational positivity.
Feb 05, 202305:54
In this episode, we learn more about monotasking and how it can help us in our personal and professional lives.
Jan 29, 202306:08
Talk in Front of their Face
In this episode, we flip the previously shared idea of “talking behind their backs” and consider how we can positively impact our social relationships by talking in front of their faces.
Jan 22, 202306:28
In this episode, we consider a small shift in language that can help us ask and accept help from those we trust.
Jan 15, 202307:24
Yes to a No Mentor
In this episode, we consider Emily P Freeman’s brilliant idea of a “no mentor” and how that can help our limited energy at home and at school.
Jan 08, 202307:24
In this bonus episode, we learn how to give students a voice in the classroom as we usher in a new year.
Jan 01, 202305:53
Holiday Hello from Suzanne
In this final episode of 2022, Suzanne thanks her listeners and offers an invitation for this upcoming holiday break.
Dec 18, 202206:04
December Summer Camp
In this episode, we examine our upcoming break and consider small things we can do to begin 2023 feeling as rested and recharged as realistically possible. Preorder link to Teach Happier this School Year: https://a.co/d/63KqkVG
Dec 11, 202207:44
Prepare with Pre-Care
In this episode, we dig deeper to creating and honoring boundaries by exploring pre-care, an idea shared by Nedra Glover Tawaab. Preorder link to Teach Happier this School Year: https://a.co/d/63KqkVG
Dec 04, 202207:22
Confronting our Complaints
In this bonus episode, we take on a challenge of not complaining for an entire day to see how that impacts our energy and happiness. Preorder link to Teach Happier this School Year: https://a.co/d/63KqkVG
Dec 01, 202208:44
Language to our Limits
In this episode, we explore the idea of putting language to our limitations to set and honor boundaries. Preorder link to Teach Happier this School Year (Jan 4) https://a.co/d/63KqkVG
Nov 27, 202207:32
Small Shifts for a Short Week
In this episode, we learn 2 small shifts in action that help calm our hurried minds - palms up and the doublet breath. Preorder link to Teach Happier this School Year: https://a.co/d/63KqkVG
Nov 20, 202204:46
Gratitude for YOU!
In this episode, we give thanks for the unique way we show up in the world at home or at school. If you’re interested in taking the free character strength survey mentioned in the podcast, here is the link: www.viacharacter.org Preorder link for the Teach Happier book (January 2023): www.ascd.org/books/teach-happier-this-school-year?variant=123027
Nov 13, 202207:21
As we near Thanksgiving, we continue to look closely at gratitude and learn how to create and deliver a “Gratitude Visit” Pre-order link to Teach Happier this School Year: www.ascd.org/books/teach-happier-this-school-year?variant=123027
Nov 06, 202206:32
The Power of Quiet Thanks
During this season of gratitude and abundance, we are invited to quietly express thanks to those who contribute to our happiness at work and at home. preorder link to Teach Happier this School Year: 40 Weeks of Inspiration & Reflection https://www.ascd.org/books/teach-happier-this-school-year?variant=123027
Nov 01, 202205:05
A Small Shift to our List
In this episode, we consider creating a list of things that make us feel steady, and access that list when we need to feel a greater sense of contentment or alignment. **preorder link to Teach Happier this School Year: 40 Weeks of Inspiration & Reflection https://www.ascd.org/books/teach-happier-this-school-year?variant=123027
Oct 30, 202206:44
Take Care of Tomorrow’s You TODAY
In this episode, we consider small shifts in actions we can do today that will help us feel cared for tomorrow.
Oct 23, 202206:19
The Happiness Curve
In this episode, we learn more about the happiness curve and consider what practice we can lean into a little more that will help us during this busy season of our lives.
Oct 16, 202205:39
Brighten Your Corner
In this episode, we learn the same lesson from a real life friend and a fictitious TV character that invites us to brighten our tiny corner of the world.
Oct 09, 202206:54
What’s in your Diet?
In this bonus episode, we consider what is in our media diet and how that impacts our overall happiness.
Oct 02, 202203:45
Level Up Gratitude!
Positive psychologists overwhelmingly agree that gratitude is the most impactful happiness practice. In this episode, we learn 3 easy ways to “level up” our gratitude routine.
Sep 25, 202207:26
Close the Loop
In this episode, we learn a simple shift in thought that can help us as we move through our days.
Sep 18, 202206:01
Let’s be Trees this School Year
In this first episode of season three, we consider the metaphor of tree root systems and how that can positively impact our collegial relationships in school.
Sep 11, 202207:01
In this bonus episode, we learn how to level up the previously shared strategy of “even if” to “what IS”
Sep 01, 202205:59
In this bonus episode, we learn more about the definition of recombobulate and how that can help us begin the upcoming school year as healthy, happy and whole as possible.
Aug 01, 202208:51
Savor the Saturday of Summer
In this bonus episode, we are invited to savor July, the Saturday of Summer and recognize how things are working out for us.
Jul 01, 202207:00
Let’s Talk Behind Their Backs
In this episode, we are invited to talk behind peoples back‘s to share words of truth, kindness and gratitude.
Jun 01, 202204:21
That’s a Wrap on Season 2!
In this final episode of season 2, we will review some of our takeaways and hear a note of gratitude to the listeners in the Teach Happier community.
May 22, 202203:33