I was visiting someone in the hospital, and the woman she shared the room with was deaf and mute and had been her whole life. She was around 80 years old and had just had a stroke.

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My nephew was in 6th grade and kept depleting his lunch account more quickly than usual. After the second time I was refilling it sooner than expected, I asked him why. He told me there was a less fortunate boy that had insufficient food or no food at all.

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Bullying is often a hot topic among parents and teachers. It has been for as long as I can remember and sadly, not a lot has changed. But, I feel we are starting to make some headway with educators now using social and emotional learning programs in their classrooms to build emotional intelligence.

I've been advocating for kindness to be taught in schools for around a decade now. For me, it has always made sense because kindness is the antithesis of bullying. It stands to reason that infecting a school with the kindness bug is going to have a positive effect on children who struggle with antisocial behaviour. A kind majority will eventually have an impact on an unfriendly minority. 

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My awesome daughter came first in a running race at school as the girl who was in front of her tripped and fell. The girl who fell was so devastated at not winning that my daughter swapped ribbons with her, bringing home a fourth-place ribbon instead of first.

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To the Mystery woman who bought my groceries last night at Aldi’s:

It’s taken me all morning to figure out what to say, so I’ll just make it short and sweet.
I was more than prepared to buy my items.
They were budgeted.
They were planned.
They were strategically placed in my cart for a fast checkout.

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Someone stole a large display perfume bottle from the window of my husband’s store. At Christmas time a woman arrived with the bottle saying she couldn’t get the lid off. She said her children had given it to her for Christmas.

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Whether you're looking to build character at home or in the classroom, recognised kindness days are a great time to start a kindness campaign.

Kindness is a good old-fashioned value that does a lot more than just build character. Did you know that it can also:

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It seems such a little thing but it really made my day.

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Book Title:  Ella & Mrs Gooseberry – Discovering what love looks like

Author:  Vikki Conley

Illustrator:  Penelope Pratley

For Ages: 4-8

Themes:
love, empathy, compassion, kindness, understanding, giving, character, community

Related learning areas: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), feelings awareness, character education

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Last week when I was in the supermarket shopping there was a huge racket in one of the isles. I couldn’t see what was happening but it went on for quite a while.

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Yesterday on my way home, there was a truck that had run out of gas. There was a woman and a child in the vehicle, and a little further down the beltline, there was a pregnant woman walking.

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There's nothing more heartwarming that good hearted kids who set examples of being kind. Our hope is that these examples of kindness from kids in different parts of the world can inspire your own children to step outside their comfort zone to make a difference. 

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