98. Becoming an Opportunistic Optimist and Saving Our Kids from Soul-Crushing Effects of School | John Doran
John Doran(@awaytowellbeing) has been a teacher and guidance counselor for over 24 years and is the author Ways to Wellbeing,. a book about creating a positive educational experience in the 21st century which taught in over 140 schools worldwide.
John’s passionate about the transformative power of education to disrupt poverty, and help young people succeed. He’s a board member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a TEDx speaker and frequently called on to speak all levels of organizations, government, and educational institutions.
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In today’s episode we discuss:
- The performance-enhancing drugs available to anyone with no negative side effects
- Ways to recreate the school system to lead to happier, healthier adults
- How John became a Board Member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and what you can learn from his experience
- The effects of social media and connectedness on depression and mental health
- Why we’re living longer, more miserable lives than ever
- How debate could create a class of critical thinkers
- The importance of mindfulness and positive self talk on health and happiness
- What John would overhaul with existing schools power of a purposeful teacher in transforming kids lives
- How to solve hate on social media
- Why purpose and passion is the most important force there is
- The way parents, schools and society limit kids creativity and optimism
- How to become an opportunistic optimist
- Strategies to reunify our isolated, polarized world
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