Kindness is the act of doing or saying something nice and positive to someone else, or even yourself! Some examples of kindness to share with your family include saying “awesome job” to your friend for their class presentation, helping your grandma water the grass or buying your sister their favorite ice cream. There is no right or wrong way, as there are endless ways to be kind and it can vary depending on your background or life experiences. Showing kindness means you have respect for others, and you care for them and their feelings.
When we are kind, we may see some of these benefits:
- Lower blood pressure
- Improved heart health
- Increase in optimism
- Increased energy
- Increased production of serotonin, which helps to calm us down and makes us happy!
- Possible increase in lifespan
Some tips to help you and your family spread kindness:
Step #1: Think.
- What does being kind mean to you? What does it mean to the other members of your family?
- When was the last time you were kind to someone? Do you remember what you did?
Step #2: Learn.
Read or watch one of the following stories on kindness.
Step #3: Spread Kindness.
Choose one of the following acts of kindness or create your own! Just remember, whichever activity you choose to do make sure to follow any social distancing guidelines.
- Complete a coloring page and give it to a loved one
- Tell someone how special they are to you
- Help a loved one with a task
- Compliment a loved one
- More ideas here