Happiness Starts with YOU!

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Have you ever thought about it? It’s true. In 2014, I read The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. You should read it too! It has really helped to change my mood and shape a new way of positive thinking. In the book, Achor posits that daily affirmation of three happy or good things, no matter how big or small, will help your mind re-focus on the positive.

I have really worked hard to exercise the “three good things daily” practice. My team also shares positive things in their world regularly, creating a positive team and work environment (And if you know anything about counselors, we deal with some pretty tough stuff!) Overall, this daily habit creates a mindset focused on being grateful. It has positively affected my attitude at home with my family and at work with customers and colleagues.

I am a better person to be around now. My general mood is kinder. My patience lasts longer. My tolerance is higher. I attribute this to my daily affirmations of what is good and right in my world each day. So, I leave you with these three thoughts for today:

1. I am grateful for reading The Happiness Advantage so I can be a better person (most days).

2. I am grateful to work in an environment that cares about kids and strives to do what is right for them each day.

3. I am grateful for an amazing team. My group of six counselors goes out of their way each and every day to help others and each other. I wish each of them a Happy National School Counseling Week!

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Join the Counseling Team at their upcoming webinar on February 11, 2015:
Show Me The MONEY! Financial Planning for College

Have you chosen your college and now need the funds to pay for it? If so, be sure to attend our Financial Planning Webinar, hosted by Mrs. Lori Auxier-Hash from the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance and your FLVS Counseling team as they share valuable information. Our webinar will address FAFSA, Bright Futures Scholarships, Pell Grants and other sources of funding for college. If your goal is to attend college this fall or in the near future, this is an event you will not want to miss!

Login in here on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 6pm EST.


Amy LaGrastaAmy LaGrasta, School Counseling Manager, helps students make informed decisions about courses, career and college options, and the study habits needed for online success. Prior to joining FLVS, she served as the guidance director at Estero High School in Lee County, FL where she was honored with the Teacher of Distinction award.



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