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Secondary wellbeing bulletin October – Kindness
Posted 22/10/2019 16:40

During our Personal Development lessons (PDV) in Key Stage 4, we have discussed the topic “Can money buy happiness?” students came up with great ideas and arguments and what I personally find most interesting was the fact, that most arguments came to the same conclusion: happiness comes from giving (money, time, presents,…) to others; in other words: kindness towards others and to yourself. Even scientists have proven, that kindness is important with evidence of physical, emotional and mental health benefits:

  • Happy and caring students

When being kind, we experience good feelings. They are produced by endorphins and activate areas in our brain that are associated with pleasure, social connection and trust. These feelings are even contagious and can encourage more kind behaviour in our school.

  • Greater self-esteem

The rush of endorphins can create a lasting sense of pride, well-being, energy and gives a feeling of optimism and self-worth

  • Sense of belonging

One of our fundamental needs is the feeling to be connected to other people, the need to belong. During difficult times, being part of a community ensures support. The lack of this support can have a devastating impact on our student’s emotional, physical and mental well-being. Being kind can enable students to cultivate positive relationships. Kindness can help to break down barriers and even mend broken hearts.

  • Reduce bullying

Through integration of pro-social activities that build emotional intelligence, thoughts and actions, positive behaviour can be created that naturally will be rewarded by friendships. By promoting psychological opposite, bullying is reduced and a warm and inclusive school environment can be created.

  • Increased peer acceptance

Research on kindness has shown, that being kind among adolescents, increases popularity and fostered meaningful connection with other people. Greater peer acceptance was achieved through good deeds.

Here are some ideas for students how to be kind:

  1. Hold the door open for the person behind you.
  2. Let a classmate go in front of you in line.
  3. Give a friend a pencil.
  4. Tell someone you are happy to see them.
  5. Give your teacher a compliment.
  6. Give the principal a compliment.
  7. Talk to someone who doesn’t have a lot of friends.
  8. Pick up trash in the hallway.
  9. Pick up trash in the classroom.
  10. Invite someone to sit with you at lunch.
  11. Smile at people, especially those who aren’t smiling!
  12. Say “Good Morning” to others when you get to school.
  13. Bring a treat for someone else.
  14. If someone drops things in the hallway help pick up.
  15. Sit next to or talk to someone who looks upset.
  16. Say “bless you” when someone sneezes.
  17. Say “please” and “thank you” a lot.
  18. Clean up, even if you didn’t make the mess.
  19. Tell a joke or make someone laugh.
  20. Talk to someone who doesn’t have a lot of friends.

Book recommendations from the secondary library 

Use creativity to explore your place in the world, discover the amazing power of acceptance, and learn top tips on how to spread joy through being kind. A Mindful Kids Global Citizen activity book for young people to colour, doodle and DIY their way to a more caring, kinder and accepting world.

The Little Book of Kindness is packed with fun ideas, practical tips and interactive exercises that encourage you to 'be kind' in every area of life - online, to strangers, to the environment, in your community, to yourself - and change the world, one act of kindness at a time. 

                 

 

   

 

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