Doing kind things for others isn't just about improving someone else's life, it's actually good for our health. There's evidence to prove that kindness can improve mental health, happiness and even prolong life.
After 9 weeks of acts of kindness we conclude the challenge with a really fun, ding-dong ditch type activity. It's a little bit of a cheeky covert operation that will get the adrenaline going.
The idea is to think of someone who could really use a pick-me-up. Decide what you think will cheer them up and get to work making or assembling your gift.
Some ideas for gifts are:
When your kids have selected or made their gift, they'll be excited to finally embark on their kindness mission.
First, decide where they'll hide to watch the person's expression as they discover their gift. Then sneak up to the person's front door in stealth mode and place their present on their doorstep. Knock quickly or ring the doorbell and high tail it off to hide! I'm getting excited just thinking about it!
What an awesome way to conclude your 10 weeks of kindness but as an extra bonus for teachers, you might like to ask your students to write about their experience.
Haven't joined yet? Here's how to participate
Step 1 - Invite others to participate
Being a part of this fun challenge is easy and though it's aimed at kids, we'd love to see adults joining in as well. Apart from being a great activity to nurture positive character traits, we're aiming to send a whole lot of good vibes out into the universe. To have as bigger impact as possible, we'd love to see your kids invite their friends to participate. They can form a group and keep each other accountable while sharing ideas. Teachers may like to use it with their class and include a writing activity by having their students document each act of kindness with words and photos.
To get them inspired and see what an impact a group can have, here's a math problem for kids to figure out. Count how many people they personally know are taking part of this challenge or are part of their group or class. Multiply that number by 10 acts of kindness for each person. The answer to that is how many acts of kindness they will give and how many people they will affected in a positive way! Imagine a class of 25 students, that's a huge 250 people who will be made to feel special.
Step 2 - Download the checklist
Download and print the checklist. Color a star each week that an act of kindness is given. It doesn't matter if a week is missed, kids can pick up where they left off anytime but should aim to complete all 10 good deeds.
Step 3 - Check our posts
Step 4 - Share pictures
Help inspire others by showcasing idea with photos! Go to our Facebook page and post yours under the appropriate post. We may even share some of them on our blog!
It's as simple as that!