Monday, June 09, 2008
How Kindness Creates Happiness
The most quietly amazing story popped up in my in-box the other day. Michael Chase posted it on HelpOthers.org. As he tells it, a turtle crossing the road changed his life focus. He'd been a regular guy, worrying about making ends meet, and what was in it for him in any given situation. Just the normal concerns of most of us. So one day he and his wife are driving to a country garden show when they spotted a turtle trying to cross the road. They pulled over and helped the turtle get to safety. That simple act had a very profound effect on Michael. Immediately he wrote 8 words in his journal, "Kindness creates happiness" and "live a life of kindness". And of course it makes all kinds of sense, but the story didn't end there. To see how the story ends you have to see HelpOthers.org.
Now here's a little reminder that the next Happiness Challenge starts next Monday. Please feel free to join us. See my website or Artella.
Also the The Artist's Healing Journey: A 12 week eCourse in resilience, happiness, and art journaling will June 30, 2008. You can find more information about this course at both of the above websites.
Finally there's an art therapy conference happening in Montreal in September. Have you heard anything about it? September 18-20 2008, “Art as Witness: Art, Art Therapy and Trauma Resolution”, sponsored jointly by the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA), the Québec Art Therapy Association (AATQ), and Department of Creative Art Therapies at Concordia University. It will be an international conference for creative arts therapists, researchers and artists who are willing to create an interdisciplinary discourse about the role and function of creativity in times of trauma, as well as the efficacy of art therapy in trauma resolution. Sounds like it should be an amazing conference. I'll be doing one of the full-day pre-confence workshops, combining puppets, narrative creation, and book making. Participants will be able to create 2 or 3 characters (a simple puppet works for this) and a book with a healing narrative in it. Then, finally, there will be an opportunity to create group narratives. The didactic piece of this workshop will be a slides of puppet making, story telling, and resilience in distressed post-Katrina Mississippi.
I'll let you know when I have more information.