Teaching kindness in schools seems more important than ever before. Research shows us that by performing acts of kindness, both adults and kids experience a ‘helpers high’, or good feelings. This activates areas in the brain that are connected to happiness, social connection and trust. Feeling connectedness and trust has shown to be strong factors in increasing happiness in kids.
“Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it, so that they can reproduce it.” (Patty O’Grady, PhD)
With this in mind, we spent an exciting morning at West School in New Canaan, and kicked off the school year with a presentation and craft session with the ‘kids care’ club. It was wonderful to discuss the importance of kindness, and brain storm ideas on all the different ways the kids can be kind at school, in the community, with family and to self. The kids kindly decorated our B kind donation bags, and generously provided a wonderful assortment of dry food goods and toiletries (to be donated at a local shelter for the homeless).
Kindness starts with you !