by Maria Sirois

Making the rounds of TEDx is 13 year old Logan LaPlante, who speaks about hacking his education.

Homeschooled for years now, the criteria for what he pursues in depth is what he loves. He wants adults to stop asking him, “What are you going to do when you grow up?” unless they are prepared for his answer, which is that he wants to be happy and healthy.

Amazing. He has already learned what Sonja Lyubomirsky’s research and Tal’s studies have demonstrated: happiness leads to success in life and not the other way around. If we want a life that is rich, we too need to hack life—to take from the daily schedule of what is offered in the curriculums of work, love, and play and choose, even if it is a small bit each day, the subjects that we love and that enrich our hearts, minds, bodies, and spirits. When we follow the standard curriculum … the formulas of shoulds … we become like many of our current high school students: bored, disengaged, anxious, and a bit lost, without clear meaning to our lives. When we hack life … focus on what works for us … health and happiness rise and our vitality increases. Watch Logan. You will want to be like him. You’ll want the life he is creating. And you can have it, too.


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Dr. Maria Sirois, PsyD, is the Vice President of Curriculum at Wholebeing Institute and an inspirational speaker, seminar leader, and author who has worked at the intersections of wellness, psychology, and spirituality for nearly 20 years. As a wellness guide, Maria has been invited to keynote throughout the country at conferences for wellness centers, hospitals, hospices, philanthropy, business, academic and corporate institutions, as well as for the general public. She has been called both a “true teacher” and “an orator of great power and beauty.” Her book, “Every Day Counts: Lessons in Love, Faith, and Resilience from Children Facing Illness, was published in 2006.”