Nurturing Relationships: Teaching Kindness

I love the saying, “Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness.”  People who are kind can be perceived as weak and naive. However, showing kindness is a sign of strength, and there are numerous reasons for teaching kindness in school.  The physical, emotional and mental benefits can transform a classroom.  Lisa Currie (2014) summarized a few key outcomes associated with teaching kindness  including decreased bullying and increased peer acceptance.   I came across this site, 12 Kinds of Kindness, and thought it would be a great model for  defining examples of and practicing  kindness. It takes practice you know. Students would enjoy creating their own “kinds of kindness.” This website inspired Deborah Kay to start the Twitter hashtag #30shadesofkind.  She uses color theory to share positive messages connected to kindness. Check it out!

The thing about kindness is that it’s addictive. I have learned what kindness is through feeling it.  In fact, it was someone’s act of kindness that encouraged me to write this blog post.

If you are like me, you’re a sucker for those fairy tale random acts of kindness, but it’s those simple acts  that can create long-lasting positive change.

I am grateful for all acts of kindness I receive.

Paying it forward,

Dr. Joy

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