This past week, we celebrated the Umbrella Project Skill of Authenticity with an assembly led by our Kindergarten students.  Congratulations to all of our students who fully embraced the importance of being true to themselves and for always being YOU!    This month we learn about what it means to have PURPOSE.

WHAT IS PURPOSE?!
• The reason why we do what we do
• The core set of values we live by
• The desire to achieve something that is important to you or to make a difference
• The goals we set for ourselves
• The feeling of being determined to achieve or do something
• The meaning in our lives

WHY DOES PURPOSE MATTER? HOW DOES IT HELP US?
Purpose is the feeling that the things we do and the choices we make have meaning and make a difference. It makes us feel happier and more confident and gives us a set of guiding principles that help us make decisions. When we understand our purpose it can be easier to make decisions and overcome challenges. It is easier for us to keep going when things get difficult because we understand the bigger picture of our lives and we are less likely to get caught up in the trivial details. Having a sense of purpose is so important that it can actually help us live longer.

RESEARCH BASED OUTCOMES OF PURPOSE
1. Helps us live longer
2. Keeps us motivated to achieve our goals
3. Helps us overcome challenges that are in our way
4. Boosts our happiness
5. Helps us feel more concerned/empathetic
for others
6. Improves our self-confidence