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Santa Maria Sun / School Scene

The following article was posted on December 22nd, 2015, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 16, Issue 42 [ Submit a Story ]
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Delta High School's Free Holiday Store an exercise in Positive Psychology


Delta High School’s Free Holiday Store, stocked with clothing, opened for two days before students began their winter break. The items were collected by staff, students, and the community for Delta students, their families, or for the Delta students to shop for others in need.

Delta High School students shopped the school’s Free Holiday Store prior to winter break.

The Delta High School Philanthropy Group has been studying the field of Positive Psychology and spent 10 weeks planning the event. They’ve found that one of the biggest predictors of happiness is having a “meaning in life bigger than the self.”

“Spending time giving to others was a great experience for me and the rest of our group,” Delta student Miranda Smithson said in a press release. “Seeing our own friends and classmates able to come through our store and shop for something new for themselves or someone else brought our group much joy and happiness.”

English Teacher Shawn Tracht said the students chose to help others, and they found that not only were they adding happiness to others, but they also all experienced a boost in happiness themselves from the giving.

“It has been so inspiring to see my students become so selfless, especially during the holiday season when each of us may have needs ourselves,” Tracht said in the press release. 

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