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I think it is a very

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I think it is a very important point stating that emotions are in fact fleeting; coming and going, like the tide. They are ever changing and do not define who we are as individuals. What we decide to do with our emotions is a part of our character. With the Six Ninja Strategies, I like that instead of dwelling on the emotion of sadness which was the example, it teaches children to redirect that emotion onto something positive. Instead of wallowing, the child is encouraged to focus on things that are happier. The fifth step, reaching out to individuals that care about you is very important as well. Everyone needs someone and relying on those that truly have your best interest at heart is a way to fight off sadness and regroup. We are the masters of our universe and with different techniques in place to help channel emotions such as sadness, depression, anger etc. it helps to improve upon personal character.

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The sequence of Ninja steps concerns me. Painting over sadness with gladness is a dangerous habit would likely lead to superficiality, which is completely non-ninja. I real ninja would contemplate and explore the sadness fully thus allowing it to self-liberate.

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Hello, I just came upon this

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Hello, I just came upon this series and really appreciate your fun and imaginative approach to relating to emotions. In psychology, and certainly in schools, emotions (even strong positive one -- like hilarity for instance) are usually related to as problems. So, to me, your focus on Happiness (vs. only regulation) is a great addition.. As an educational consultant/teaching artist, Vygotsky's work has helped me much in this regard. You may be interested in Lois's Holzman's post: http://loisholzman.org/2013/03/vygotsky-closing-the-cognition-emotion-gap/

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