Importance of Joy
Have ever heard the story of the town of Roseto, PA? This final chapter of the text has a segment about it and I know I have read about it somewhere else as well. Basically the town was settled by immigrants from Rome, Italy. Even though heart disease was fairly common all over the United States, it was basically non-existent in Roseto. This had nothing to do with diet, since the people ate lots of fatty foods from their homeland. Studies of the community eventually led to the conclusion that the reason the people from Roseto were living longer and not suffering from heart disease was simply because of their happiness and relationships with one another in the community. Lesson? Joy is important. Burkins and Yaris stress that we need to have joy in our lives and then we can have (and express to our students) joy while reading.