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Mindful : April 2017
It may be surprising that a MacArthur Fellow and Ivy League professor ever felt she wasn’t smar t enough growing up. But it caused Angela Duckworth to devote her career to researching the psychology of achieve- ment. What she discovered is that wild success in life, in any endeavor, isn’t caused by good genes or extraordinary talent. Instead, it comes down to one overarching trait: grit. Duckwor th defines the “grittiest” among us with the following qualities: fero- cious determination, unusual resiliency, ability and desire to work really hard, and knowing in a very deep way what you want. Impor tantly, they also have optimism, the belief that you can change your situation. Best of all, Duckworth tells us, these qualities can be developed. Methodically researched and packed with examples of “grit paragons”—from Olympic athletes and heads of industry to those who’ve made the absolute best cir- cumstances out of very little— this impor tant book is at once fascinating... and hopeful. Is mindfulness for children? Many teachers say yes. And early research suggests it enhances well-being and improves the classroom envi- ronment. But mindfulness for children doesn’t equate sim- ply with sitting meditation, which can be a challenge for young people (not to mention all of us at times). It’s also not just for the classroom; it can be an at-home pastime that can help a child or teen and the adults who read this book and introduce them to the activities inside. Susan Kaiser Greenland knows this work well, having helped to pioneer activity-based mindfulness in her first book, The Mindful Child. Her new book offers 60 road-tested activities built around six life skills— focusing, quieting, seeing, reframing, caring, and connecting—that help children and teens be more aware of what’s happening in their minds and bodies, and wiser and more compassion- ate. The exercises are also safe and effective for parents, grandparents, teachers, therapists, camp counsel- ors—children of any age. GRIT The Power of Passion and Perseverance Angela Duckworth • Collins MINDFUL GAMES Sharing Mindfulness and meditation with children, teens, and families Susan Kaiser Greenland • Shambhala 78 mindful April 2017 reviews