I was astounded at what I read. Almost every student wrote something about "the way we started class each day." While they did learn valuable things about our history and our government, they felt that sharing good news at the beginning of every class taught them something even more valuable: to look for the good and to celebrate it with others. In my last year of teaching, 2000–01, I ran into a former student I’d taught more than twenty years prior. One of the first things she asked was, "Do you still start class by sharing good news?" After telling her that I couldn’t imagine not starting class that way, she said, "That was such a great way to start learning. I was glad I was in your first period, because it usually put me in a good mood for the rest of the day. But what it really taught us was to focus on the positive in life instead of the negative. I got in the habit of doing that, so now I always have something good to talk about." Over the years I’ve heard and read countless similar comments from former students. This small bit of "good finding" for a few minutes each day had an enormous and everlasting influence on many lives, including my own.

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