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Who’s ready for a kindness party?

on October 4, 2017
Spread kindness like confetti.

Image by Divine Designs Co.

Is anyone else tired of the negative headlines and the bullying and bashing that seems to have become the norm in our current political dialogue?  I’m tired of it.  Absolutely exhausted!  So, I’ve decided to combat this negativity by focusing on the positive.  I realize this is not always easy, but according to expert, Lisa Currie, “It seems there are good reasons why we can’t get enough of those addictive, feel-good emotions, as scientific studies prove there are many physical, emotional, and mental health benefits associated with kindness.”  The fact is that kindness is better for you.  And everywhere you look there are every day heroes working hard, caring for others, and standing up for progress. Instead of dwelling on the negative, I’d rather spend my energy celebrating these achievements and encouraging my students to focus on the positive and stand up for kindness.

In starting a new school year, with new students, new challenges, and new learning, one of my first lessons was to have a conversation about kindness. We began with a discussion about kindness and what it means, what it looks like, and how it feels.  We talked about the importance of using kindness with ourselves, our family and friends, our community, and mother earth.  We touched on themes of tolerance, empathy, compassion, and the beauty of diversity.  I than asked the students to create posters of kindness that we would hang in the classroom to remind ourselves of how we want to treat our world.  It was probably one of the most important lessons I could teach at the beginning of the year as we are meeting new friends, getting used to a new teacher, and adjusting to a new year of learning.  As a community we play a critical role in spreading kindness like confetti within our own homes, schools, and global communities.  And frankly, I think our world could use an extra dose of kindness, so let’s get this party started!

Here are some ways you can spread kindness like confetti in your world!

  • Check out this list of children’s stories about kindness. Share this list with your school or local library.
  • Learn how kindness is an essential part of whole child education.
  • Access some easy to use kindness curriculum for the classroom.
  • Read more about the mental and physical benefits of kindness.
  • Here is a resource for older students published by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
  • Here are some great project ideas for teaching empathy with a global perspective.
  • Organize service learning activities at your school and make it a part of everyday learning. Find many ideas here!

     

     

 

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One response to “Who’s ready for a kindness party?

  1. Allen says:

    Beautiful thoughts, Kristina! Thanks. Let’s all continue to spread kindness across the world. You are a bright shining star in your society.
    Go gal…

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