Acts of kindness always have emotional and physical benefits. In order for children to live a healthy life they need to be exposed to acts of kindness often. Here are 8 important reasons for teaching kindness in schools.
Happy Children – Science explains that the good feelings we experience when being kind are produced by endorphins that activate areas of the brain that are associated with pleasure, social connection and trust, and it has been proven that these feelings of joyousness are contagious, encouraging more kind behavior by the giver and recipient.
Increased Peer Acceptance – Research on the subject has determined that kindness increases our ability to form meaningful connections with others. Studies have shown that kind and happy children enjoy greater peer acceptance because they are well liked. It has also been reported that children have better than average mental health in classrooms where the class participation is more inclusive due to an even distribution of popularity.
Improved Health and Less Stress – Being kind releases endorphins that can decrease stress levels as well as produce mental and physical health benefits.
Greater Sense of Belonging and Improved Self Esteem – Even small acts of kindness are reported to heighten our sense of well-being, increase energy, and give a wonderful feeling of optimism and self-worth.
Increased Feelings of Gratitude – When children are part of projects that help others that are less fortunate than them, it provides them with a real sense of perspective and helps them appreciate the good things in their personal lives.
Better Concentration and Improved Results – Acts of kindness increases your levels of serotonin, which plays an important part in learning, memory, mood, sleep, health and digestion. Kindness is a key ingredient that helps children feel good. Having a positive outlook allows them greater attentions spans and enables more creative thinking, resulting in better performance at school.
Less Bullying – By always performing acts of kindness, it teaches people to treat all human beings with respect; this will result in a decreased number of incidents of bullying.
Reduced Depression – Serotonin is released when performing an act of kindness, which is known to work as a natural antidepressant.
We need to be ready and prepared to teach kindness, because it can be delayed due to maltreatment early in life. It can be smothered under the weight of poverty, and it can be derailed by victimization later in life. Yet despite these and other travails, the receipt of kindness and the ability to show kindness through service are both growth enhancing and soul cleansing. Kindness can be taught, and it is a defining aspect of civilized human life. It belongs in every home, school, neighborhood, and society.