Ceeds of Peace Video on Choose Love Success




Ceeds of Peace provided us with their video created by Kelley Lum Oshiro, the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement’s Hawaiian ambassador, showing the positive results of the Choose Love Enrichment Program pilot at Ka’elepulu Elementary School. Educators and students alike are capture describing the impact of the program at their school. 

Ceeds of Peace is an organization we love and support and was founded by Maya Soetoro-Ng and Kerrie Urosevich at University of Hawaii. Ceeds of Peace offers a 360 degree approach to raising peace building leaders. They support and build bridges between families, community leaders and educators to share resources and develop action plans to strengthen our communities and improve our children’s lives. Critical Thinking, Courage, Compassion, Conflict Resolution Commitment, Collaboration, Community.

Senate Majority Leader Invites Scarlett Lewis to CT State Capitol


After hearing Scarlett Lewis speak at All Saints Catholic School in Norwalk, CT in February, Connecticut Senator Bob Duff, Senate Majority Leader, invited her to speak to other state Senators about the importance of Social and Emotional Learning and how the Choose Love Movement is helping students learn essential life skills.

Senator Duff posted to Facebook:


I was so honored to have Scarlett Lewis, founder of The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation, come to my office in…

Posted by Bob Duff on Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D – “Biology of Belief 10th Anniversary Edition”

Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D, author “The Biology of Belief”
















The Biology of Belief 10th Anniversary Edition by Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D was recently released by Hay House. It includes stunning new scientific discoveries about how the biochemical effects of the brain’s functioning show that all the cells of your body are affected by your thoughts.

Scarlett Lewis is included in this edition of the book and her mission to help children learn to choose a loving thought over an angry one.

Purchase and learn more about The Biology of Belief.

The Algorithm of Compassion by Dr. Chris Kukk


Algorithms shape our lives in multiple ways every day from what we can buy at the grocery store to where and when we can travel on an airplane. They’re used to manage everything from determining stock sales and purchases to matching organ donors and recipients and they have all ‘sorts’ of names: bubble sort, bucket sort, and merge sort. They are mathematical equations used by machines to help people solve problems and bring a semblance of order to our everyday lives.

The programs, formulas, and sets of steps we—humans—sometimes try to follow to better ourselves and our relationships are also considered algorithms. Many of us look for steps, for example, that we can take to become physically stronger and/or intellectually sharper whether it’s following a specific diet or learning technique. We look to such programs to help us solve personal problems but they have a major weakness: they are almost exclusively focused inward. It’s a weakness because many sources of our personal problems also involve interpersonal relationships or, in other words, outward dynamics. To be human, after all, is relational…a person is defined by the interactions of both our inner and outer worlds.

We are shaped by not only our personal thoughts and beliefs but also our interpersonal experiences and actions. Our inner and outer beings are the co-authors of the music and rhythms that our lives dance to. Whether we find ourselves in a place surrounded with love or surrounded without love makes a difference in how we live our lives. Aren’t you more likely to have confidence moving forward through life if you felt “surrounded” in a protective, caring sense as compared to feeling that you are “surrounded” by nothing but lonely emptiness? All ideas and programs used to help us succeed in any aspect of life should be based on creating and maintaining an inner-outer balance.

We are born with a natural algorithm for succeeding in life, according to Jean Jacques Rousseau and Charles Darwin, that many of us unlearn as we interact in society: compassion. Darwin even called compassion “the almost ever-present instinct.” We unlearn it because society teaches that it is not important and even a sign of weakness. Think of what children learn in playground games such as “king of the hill” and “kill the carrier” (I won’t even get into video games). Do we really believe, as a society, that a rewarding life is based on the idea of attaining personal achievements at the expense of others? Practicing compassion helps to strengthen both our inner-personal and interpersonal lives and it can be relearned by following the algorithm of compassion:

LUCA= listen + understand + connect + act.


Read the full story at Dr. Chris Kukk’s website, Algorithm of Compassion.

The Algorithm of Compassion

Dr. Chris Kukk

Chris is Professor of Political Science at Western Connecticut State University, a Fulbright Scholar, Director of the Kathwari Honors Program, and founding Director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity & Innovation. He is also the author of “The Compassionate Achiever: How Helping Others Fuels Success” (HarperOne, 2017).

Earth Day – Minute of Mindfulness and Gratitude

Jesse exploring the outdoors.

Earth Day Mindfulness and Gratitude Exercise


A Minute of Mindfulness

  • Close your eyes.
  • Take three deep breaths. Focus your attention on the out-breath.
  • Observe the scents of the spring air. Open your eyes.
  • Scan the landscape for color. Count each color as you see it in your view. Where do you see new life returning to the earth?
  • Note the beauty today that wasn’t here last week. Commit to noticing one new beautiful thing each day for the next week.

A Minute of Gratitude

  • Visualize your favorite place or thing from the natural world. It could be a park, an animal or a tree — whatever comes to mind.
  • Send thoughts of gratitude to this place or element of nature. Fully appreciate this place or creature. Remember how special it is to have this creature or part of the natural world in your life.

Download printable version.

Mindfulness-and-Gratitude.docx (20 downloads)