“I sure wish I’d learned that in school!”
I have heard this phrase so many times when teaching classes or coaching clients.
And I agree.
When I think back about how much daily use I get from my French geography class, versus how many times a day I pull up one of the communication skills I have picked up over the last two decades, it seems clear to me that the earlier we could learn how to exist in the world, the better it would be.
Compassion. Patience. Curiosity.
Peace of Mind. Resilience. Kindness. Self Care.
And yes, a bit of Magic.
Every time someone tells me this, I think “that’s it. I am going to open a school and teach this stuff in some classroom setting.” And then life happens and I am back to leading Retreats - which I love - or working with someone one-on-one, or writing. Which I love also.
But what about “The School??” The school where the curriculum is based around Happiness and learning to get along better with ourselves and others? The school that does not require to fly across the world or pay a lot of money per hour? The … Happiness School?
A couple of months ago, while watching someone I love juggle more balls in the air than is healthy, I decided to go for it. I would create the Happiness School. I would teach one lesson at a time. I would make it super accessible. And cheap.
So here it is.
The Happiness School is ready to go.
One lesson per month, taught live online. Time for questions. A bit of homework. An online community for support for in between classes, too.
The curriculum will include anything that allows us to live life with more ease, more joy, and more confidence. We will talk about communication, relationships, creativity, peace of mind, and much more.
My students will learn skills that will allow them to become stronger and stronger in their ability to ride life’s waves with agility AND JOY. Together, we will grow our “mental immunity” so that life’s twists and turns will affect us much less and for a shorter amount of time. Little by little, the kind voices in our heads will become much louder than the mean ones. Our life will get sweeter, easier.
And then, the thing that for me is the biggest reason I do the work I do: we will be able to give so much more to the ones we love.
Because as Archbishop Desmond Tutu says:
"The goal is not just to create joy for ourselves but to be a reservoir of joy, an oasis of peace, a pool of serenity that can ripple out to all those around you."
School will keep going for as long as we have things to talk about. My guess is it will be a good while. I am purty excited about this.
First day of class is January 4.
General application period opens this Monday, December 3. For a personal invitation to apply two days early, click here (the first 100 students will get a discount and pay only $29 per month).
It took a while, and sometimes that’s just how it works. I trust the that the timing is perfect and that this will be a blessing for many of us.
Wishing you much peace and fun for the rest of the week!
PS: Because we cannot always be available at a certain time, any lesson missed will be recorded.
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