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Houston: Beyond School – A High School Leadership Workshop

On December 3, 2005, Indify hosted a high school leadership workshop for local Indian-American students. Despite their initial skepticism about the workshop, twenty-two students from six different high schools spent the day exploring “what is leadership” through activities, discussions and problem-solving. The morning opened with team-building games, helping to create an atmosphere of openness and allowing students to use their creativity. The first session focused on qualities of leadership and which qualities are most important for effective leadership. It also explored spheres of influence and how in small ways leadership can be practiced.

The afternoon sessions focused on creativity, giving students an opportunity to work together, develop their presentation skills, and use their problem solving capabilities. The aim of the workshop was to give students a chance to understand the value of building leadership skills, enhance leadership capabilities and use creativity to find solutions to difficult situations.

Most students appreciated the opportunity and provided excellent feedback for future workshops. The workshop was co-sponsored by Be The Cause and Charity Focus Houston.

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Roopal Shah

Spreading Smiles Spreading Happiness

He is not a physician, yet people here at the Methodist Hospital in Houston call him ‘Doc’ because he ‘cures’ them of everyday mundaneness by bringing a smile on their faces and brightening their day. He does that by handing out mints –“tokens of love” is what he calls them– to everyone he comes across. “I feel out of place on days when I don’t have any mints to give,” he said with a smile on his face that was truly contiguous. My brief encounter with him uplifted my spirits and brought me happiness. Earlier I had read an interesting articleabout the connection between an act smiling and happiness…”It is assumed that a bright smile stems from happiness, but research has also shown that genuine happiness can stem from a smile. Even a smile called forth when you don’t necessarily feel like smiling can trigger the release of endorphins, brightening your day.” His gesture of kindness is simple, yet powerful and uplifting. Thanks, Doc, for making countless people smile. :-)

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