This is great! Check out these 21 lessons they didn’t teach at school (but should have)!

This is great! Check out these 21 lessons they didn’t teach at school (but should have)!

This might sound a bit geeky but I love school. I love education and learning and teachers and, well, pretty much everything about the idea that we spend most of the early stage of our lives stimulating our brains…

…but that being said, like many I think there's an undue focus on memorising knowledge as opposed to generating wisdom. In my humble opinion we focus too much on the learning of facts as opposed to the building of skills that will ultimately lead to happiness and success in life. And the reality is that happiness and success in life are more closely associated with optimism and resilience and relationships than with arithmetic and history and geography (not that those subjects are bad by any means!). 

Which is why I loved this article from MindBodyGreen and which is why I'm sharing it with you all here today…

by Maria Mooney

I adore academia. I was consistently in school until my mid-twenties, and at 28 years old, I now teach college-level Sociology to classes filled with wonderful, inspiring students. But as this year’s spring semester came to a close, I couldn’t help but think of the wonderful life lessons I wished I'd been taught in my 20+ years of schooling. 

Despite all of the invaluable knowledge I learned in school (especially graduate school), a chronic illness has been my greatest teacher, beckoning me to slow down and look within for answers to life’s most pressing questions.

There are so many important lessons I've learned—too many to list—but below are some highlights of a lecture I gave at the end of their semester titled, “What They Don’t Teach You In School: Life Lessons From A Sociology Instructor.”

1. Be kind. You never know what battle someone may be fighting. Don’t add to his or her burden.

2. Go out of your way to make someone’s day better. You'll both benefit.

3. Have compassion for everyone, no matter how terrible their actions seem. Hurt people hurt people.

4. And forgive them. Forgiveness doesn’t mean you're saying that what was done to you was OK, but it frees you from the negative emotions that can create dis-ease within the mind-body-spirit.

5. Your legacy is the way you make others feel and the impressions you leave them with.

6. Bad things do happen to good people. Find the lessons buried deep within the suffering. They're there.

7. Cry more. It feels amazing.

8. Enjoy the process. We can become so focused on the end result that we miss the little miracles that happen along the way.

9. Nurture your relationships. At the end of your life, you’re never going to say, “I wish I'd spent more time working.” But you will say, “I wish I told them that I love them more often.”

10. Don’t turn down an opportunity just because you're afraid. Use fear as a compass. Let it guide you in the direction that will produce the most personal growth.

11. Treat others as you wish to be treated. Never do something to someone else that you'd not want done to someone you love or yourself…

…keep reading the full & original article HERE