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The Power of Compliments. The Science of Happiness - An Experiment in Gratitude. Blog. Kindness: A Lesson Plan. National Random Acts of Kindness Day, February 17, is a day when acts of kindness are encouraged and celebrated by people and organizations throughout this country.

Kindness: A Lesson Plan

February is also the month when many celebrate Valentine’s Day—a day devoted to love. Young students pass out small greeting cards bought in bulk to all their classmates, and older students have “Heartgrams” delivered to each other during the class period before lunch time. If you’re a teacher (or think back to your K–12 school days), what feelings does this day invoke? There are lots of hugs, smiles, and laughter (and candy), and more importantly, feelings of being cared for, seen, cherished, liked, admired, and even loved.

Aren’t these emotions we’d like to foster everyday? So why not celebrate and practice kindness intentionally in our classrooms and schools more routinely? Kick-Start Kindness: Activities 1. 2. Each student writes their name at the top of their paper, and you collect them. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Siblings erupt into happy tears over hamster surprise. She’s Working As A McDonald’s Cashier. When A Customer Says THIS, She Breaks Down. It’s very easy to believe that the holidays are a wonderful time for everyone.

She’s Working As A McDonald’s Cashier. When A Customer Says THIS, She Breaks Down

Unfortunately, that’s not the case. There are so many families that are often times struggling during the holidays and it doesn’t help that it seems like everyone else is having a good time. For this McDonalds employee in Decorah, Iowa, the holidays would be just another time for her to realize she wouldn’t be able to afford a gift for her daughter. That’s when one organization decided to step in. KDEC FM 100.5 randomly showed up at this McDonalds and started talking to the employee. What did the radio station do? “She is always smiling and so cheery, like she was this morning…Until we asked what she wanted to get for her daughter this Christmas…Thank you to Decorah Bank & Trust Co. and some Secret Santas for making this hardworking mother’s day!

Watch the whole story unfold in the video below. Please SHARE this heartwarming moment with your friends and family. [Source: Love What Matters] RSA Shorts - The Power of Empathy. What is empathy? Empathy. Take a Seat - Make a Friend? Activities, Lesson Plans and Strategies. Five-Minute Film Festival: Videos on Kindness, Empathy, and Connection. I'd like to offer up a video playlist to remind all of us about the power of empathy, kindness, and human connections.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Videos on Kindness, Empathy, and Connection

It's always a good time to practice gratitude for the relationships that sustain us all -- for the people who have taught us in a school setting and beyond, and for the young ones we are able to nurture and inspire. I was also thinking about how many of us are living out the paradox of being ever more plugged in, and ever more aware of what's happening in our community via social media platforms, while at the same time, face-to-face interactions are less frequent than ever before.

We are in constant touch, but barely touching. Kindness in the Classroom Lesson Plans. Our FREE lesson plans can make a difference in your classroom.

Kindness in the Classroom Lesson Plans

Research shows that students who learn in a positive environment have a better school experience—they enjoy higher test scores, learn new skills at a faster rate, and are overall happier at school. We're in our fourth year of researching the implementation, and we’ve measured positive results showing that practicing kindness in the classroom transforms not only students, but teachers and entire school cultures as well.

We encourage you to use these plans in your classroom and provide feedback so we can fine tune them for use by others. With your help, we'll build an excellent resource for every instructor to teach kindness in the classroom and help create positive learning environments for their students. All of the materials are absolutely free of charge; we just ask in exchange that you provide us with information about yourself, how you intend to use the lesson plans, and how we might improve them. Program Introduction Video. Kindness Project Ideas. 1.

Kindness Project Ideas

Welcome Winter Gloves Submitted by Anonymous, Idaho A high school psychology teacher in Idaho purchased a pair of winter gloves for every student in her class and assigned them to find someone in their school or community who needs that pair of gloves, perhaps to keep warm or to do a job. They were to document who received the “helping hands” and why that person was chosen. 2. Submitted by Jill, Kentucky. Random Acts of Kindness. Start A Kindness Journal Or Blog "No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.

Random Acts of Kindness

" -Aesop Volunteer At A Food Bank There are many ways to help your local food bank. Obviously, providing canned goods is a great way. "Under The Surface" - Empathy Film. Random Acts of Kindness Caught on Security Cameras all over the world! The Inspirational Video Everyone Should Live By. "Unsung Hero" (Official HD) : TVC Thai Life Insurance 2014 : โฆษณาไทยประกันชีวิต 2557. Empathy. Sesame Street: Mark Ruffalo: Empathy. Middle School Inspires Kindness. Kindness Boomerang (Empathy & Caring)