Monday, August 16, 2010

Carry on the Kindness

There are times when we don't act quite as kindly as we intend to or would like to. We may experience a frustrating moment where we make a quick decision to be less kind than we could. Or, the weather is bad and we woke up late, and for the rest of the day we're a grumpier than usual.

This happens to the best of us. Snappy remarks and curt attitudes happen to students, teachers, peers, and colleagues. But, we have to keep in mind that we are always in control of our choices and we can easily choose to move forward with kindness.

To help students and teachers keep a kind frame of mind, think of three random acts of kindness to complete each day. These acts don't need public attentions. Just do them to spread good feelings and cheerfulness.


Here are some ideas or kind things for students and teachers to do each day:
-    Smile at five people, minimum.
-    Thank the bus driver as you leave.
-    Help a peer or sibling with their homework.
-    Compliment at least three people.
-    Try to take notice of someone else's hard work and comment on it to them.
-    Hold the door for people behind you.
-    Say thank you at least five times.

These small acts are easy to do and require almost no time. Many of them, like compliments, smiles, and thank yous, can be done to complete strangers and will be sure to brighten their day.

By being kind to others, we feel happier and more inclined to be pleasant to others, not to mention we brighten the day of the peers, colleagues, students, and teachers around us.

This information was taken from a portion of Little Girls Can be Mean by Michelle Anthony and Reyna Lindert.

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