Kindness matters

Kindness Tag

A man held the door open for me. A cashier chatted excitedly with customers, giving them her attention. A man held my arm when I felt faint, and a woman gave me a cold drink. My son wrote thank you cards for people who gave him Box Tops for his school.

November 13 is World Kindness Day. Tomorrow, and every day, let’s brighten someone’s day with small acts of kindness. Whether it’s a smile, a helping hand, or a simple thank you, we can help make the world a better place.

Here are some ideas to ignite kindness at home, at school, and in our lives:

* Do an anonymous act of kindness – and leave a smile card behind.

* Give a kindness card. Spread some nice around with a kindness note or thank you card.

* Write an “Acts of Kindness” list. Instead of giving kids a list of rules, work with them to create their own list of ways they can be kind to each other.

* Create a kindness banner. Hang a large banner at the front of the school, and invite students, teachers, and parents to share their kindness stories.

* Start a kindness journal (or blog). Write down the kindnesses in your life – the ways you have been kind to people, and how others have been kind to you. You can even publish a book of kindnesses!

* Take the “Be Kind Kid” pledge. Pledge to be encouraging, be supportive, be positive, be helpful, be honest, be considerate, be thankful, be responsible, be respectful, and be a friend. Sponsored by the Be Kind People Project, it’s a way to inspire classroom kindness.

* Start a Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Club. Be inspired to start (or join) a kindness-related student organization, and perform at least one random act of kindness each week. Share your kindnesses with others.

Aesop wrote, “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” What acts of kindness brighten your day? What acts of kindness will you do to brighten someone else’s day?

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