We all get grumpy...and there's nothing we can do about it. It's just part of life. So, when we're feeling surly and irritable, how do we successfully teach our classes, talk with our spouses, or run a meeting? And how do we help grumpy students?
There's no easy answer, of course, but I think it's worth asking the question. I know for sure it's not about sweeping it under the rug, or covering it up with stuff that feels good! There's a certain degree of acceptance required here, and there are many helpful tools to help us move through, rather than away from how we feel.
This article from the Huffington Post gives a eye-opening overview of "6 negative emotions worth embracing," and how doing so can actually increase our health and well-being.
Again, it's not about denying our grumpiness. However, focusing on things that we're grateful for can be a huge help. Here are 9 ways to cultivate gratitude + some cool apps to help you get going!
No one likes feeling grumpy, but embracing how we feel leads to a more durable and fulfilling teaching life. In doing so, we also develop an important set of skills for helping our students manage their own inevitable ups and downs.
What works for you? Leave a comment here!