Kindness has an amazing ability to increase happiness, self esteem
and optimism, improve mental and physical wellbeing, lower stress
and anxiety levels, create better social and academic outcomes,
and reduce bullying in schools and the community.
Sounds good, doesn’t it! That’s because
kindness is a natural remedy for a multitude of ailments,
and best of all, it doesn’t have to cost a thing!
”Ripple” aims to help people feel the difference kindness can make to their
thoughts, feelings and actions towards themselves and others by offering
ideas and opportunities to experience the feel good emotions that
bring so much positivity to our lives.
A need for change is evident.
It’s time to rethink our philosophy and stop the negative talk about bullying.
It’s not enough to simply ask children to be kind to their peers, we actually have to
show them how on an on-going basis so that it becomes a natural part of life.
Our school curriculum is a positive step towards changing cultures
in schools by promoting a healthy outlook at an early age and
building an armour of goodness that encourages
happy, healthy, well rounded individual who care for others.
“There is substantial empirical evidence that systematic, on-going, and fully infused emotional learning programs are essential to nurture mental health and reduce bullying in a sustainable way. There must be a long-term commitment to teaching emotional literacy as a priority in every classroom. The research is clear that teaching kindness, and other emotional content, has significant positive effect on mental health, academic accomplishment, and overall well-being.”
- Patty O’Grady, PhD, Professor at the University of Tampa