Happiness Starts Here

Flu, viruses, germs and colds spread rapidly throughout our schools.  Did you know your positive or negative attitude can also spread just like a virus?  Your attitude and your positive/negative disposition can be contagious.

The simpleness of smiling, greeting students and staff each morning and genuine kindness does a heart good.  Mother Teresa once said, “Spread love everywhere you go.  Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” 


When we spread our positive vibes throughout the school, it will trickle its way all over the building. If you make people feel good about themselves, that speaks volumes about who you are as a person.  You never know what someone is going through so be careful what you say and do.

As leaders we have the opportunity to transform our schools.  Our schools should be a place of nurture, love, happiness, compassion, family, etc…

Let’s start a kindness chain reaction across our schools.  Over the years, I have shared the value of spreading kindness for your staff.  But let’s talk about the value and importance of doing this for our students.

When students are happy at school they perform better academically.  Students will have higher self-esteem and confidence.  They will be motivated to perform and participate.  Studies have shown that a happy school directly reduces disruptive behavior and helps to increase social and emotional well being.  You never know…spreading happiness just might change the world one step at a time.

Check out this video and see how a simple giggle can make others around you laugh.  Enjoy life! Happiness starts with a smile.

Stephanie McConnell

Stephanie McConnell

I’m Stephanie, and I’m the face behind Principal Principles. I’m a former principal turned educational consultant, presenter, and edupreneur. I’m obsessed with giving school leaders the tools they need to lead a successful school.

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Hello friend! Welcome to Principal Principles. I’m Stephanie, and I’m the face behind Principal Principles. I’m a former principal turned educational consultant, presenter, and edupreneur. I’m obsessed with giving school leaders the tools they need to lead a successful school.

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