Manpreet Researches the Benefits of Mindfulness for Teens

Manpreet, Gr. 12, with "The Mindful Teen" book
Manpreet, Gr. 12

Manpreet chose to investigate the benefits of mindfulness for teens for her English 12 Independent Project, using the book “The Mindful Teen” as her primary source. The book launch for Dr. Vo’s “The Mindful Teen” was held at YHS this past April. Manpreet also wrote a guest blog post for Dr. Vo’s blog. Check out the post here.

In her project, Manpreet focused on the factors that make living in the “present moment” an unattainable ideal for adolescents in developed countries. She collected data from her fellow students and created two guided audio recordings of meditation as a solution.

Great job Manpreet! We are sure you are helping your fellow Yorkies to be more peaceful and mindful.

Category: Senior School
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Gratitude Project Launches at YHS

Grades 1-7 will be participating in a school wide Gratitude Project starting today, Sep 30th and running until Oct 18th.

The idea was proposed by Lucila McElroy, the founder of The Gratitude Graffiti Project, which is currently taking place in other schools and businesses in Vancouver. Here is a link to a news story you may have seen last week about it: http://globalnews.ca/video/855107/gratitude-graffiti-project.

Lucila and her team made a wonderful presentation to our students in this morning’s assembly to launch the project at YHS.

We are excited to embark on our very own Gratitude Project. Numerous studies report that practicing gratitude increases happiness, optimism, productivity, creativity, resilience and energy. By focusing on what we have and how thankful we are, we are choosing to view our lives through a positive lens. The way we practice is not as important as the frequency of practicing, so each class will have a short daily focus on what we are grateful for and record their ideas in different ways. Some will use gratitude journals, graffiti walls and windows or gratitude jars. In addition, each student will write one thing they are grateful for on a bunting flag and these will be hung in the corridors as a central, visual reminder to be grateful for all that we have.

Remember: “Gratitude is like shining a flashlight on all the wonderful things that are already here.” Why not start today?

Category: Junior School
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