The Benefits of Kindness
Some of the benefits to your school and students
Our article on Edutopia will explain it more fully,
but here are a few great reasons to teach kindness in schools.
Kindness is a natural anti depressant because it causes a release of serotonin in our brain. Serotonin plays an important part in learning, memory, mood, sleep, health and digestion. It heightens our sense of well being, increases energy and gives a wonderful feeling of positivity and self worth.
In a famous study undertaken by Dr Sonja Lyubomirsky, Professor, University of California, students were asked to commit five random acts of kindness a week for six weeks. They showed a 41.66% increase in happiness.
The Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, overseen by Harvard University researchers found those who volunteered time or money to help others were
42 per cent more likely to describe themselves as happy.
When children are happy and feel good about themselves, they have a positive outlook which allows them greater attention spans and enables more creative thinking.
Increased Self Esteem
Kind, happy children get along better with others and are less likely to disrupt the class to gain attention.
When children are getting along, they’re able to work together in a calm and sensible way which means you can spend more time teaching and less time on discipline.
Kind children know that making others feel good also makes them happy. They want to be around those who treat them with respect and know what it means to be a good friend. Kind children are well liked, have more friends, are more included, feel better about themselves and are therefore less likely to bully.
When you have happy, co-operative children, you have a peaceful, productive classroom. You won’t need to discipline your children as much which means they’ll also like you more.
When children have less to worry about and feel more positive about themselves, their friends and their environment, they’re able to concentrate on learning to achieve better results.
Positive School Culture
Happy children means positive, capable children, which in turn creates happy, relaxed teachers and a positive school culture.
Incorporating Ripple Kindness Project into your classroom doesn’t need to be stressful and your initial investment of time can create huge benefits for not just your students, but for the whole school and it’s community.