A kid that lives down the street from me stole my new car 2 months after I got it. He threw everything in the car away, including my granddaughter’s car seat and my daughter’s CD case that held 100 CD’s. He took the change, necklaces hanging from the mirror etc… At the time, he was on drugs. A very deep dark place to live.

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If you have a problem with anti-social or bullying behavior in your classroom, I urge you to consider including kindness in your back-to-school curriculum. We’ve been advocating for teaching kindness, or more specifically, social-emotional learning (SEL) to improve wellbeing, self-esteem, mental health, social connection, and academic results for years. And, these are just a few of the benefits of teaching kindness at school.

We’re very happy to see that many teachers now embrace and incorporate these concepts into their classroom curriculum. You’ll notice I said “incorporate” and that’s because SEL shouldn’t be an add-on. Teachers now have access to an array of wonderful resources that make it easy for them to switch out traditional lesson plans and worksheets for those that cover academic requirements but also build emotional intelligence.

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This happened over 20 years ago. My husband was in grad school and our son was 3. I was driving a couple of hours each way to work.

One night I saw a woman whose car was stopped on the side of the interstate with the hazards on. I stopped to see if there was anything I could do to help. She had been heading a few hours north of where we lived and her car broke down.

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I once heard a story about a husband and wife who had been at each other’s throats for years. The couple were so nasty to one another that they had nothing but hatred in their hearts and wanted to get a divorce.

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Neighbors asked to borrow my truck. Told them I could not trust my truck because the tires were bad.

Next day my neighbor called and said he was getting new tires for his suburban and I could have his old ones. Told me to just show up at this certain tire shop and they would put them on.

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A girl in my sorority once ran across campus to bring me a battery for my insulin pump because I was in lab. Today she pulled out a handful of batteries and said she carries them around just in case I need one and it’s honestly the nicest thing anyone’s ever done for me. – @ailijones

World Kindness Week is 8-13 November, and we hope we can inspire you to do good things where you live because YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Every good deed you do helps create positive energy that impacts someone’s emotional wellbeing for the better. And the best thing about giving is that can have a profound effect on you too!

There’s no getting around it – 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. No matter who you are, how old you are, or where you’re from, you will have been impacted by COVID-19 in some way. But with all the uncertainty, frustration, sadness, and loss, we’ve seen many acts of kindness and compassion to lift our spirits. These happy moments have helped bring people together to love and support one another and given us hope, proving that we are not doing this alone.

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Some people are born helpers. They love to see how even a small gesture can make a big difference to someone's day. Making others feel better makes them feel good about themselves. Quote

I was finished putting my groceries in my car and was returning my cart. As I looked around, I saw a lady who was using an electric chair with a basket on the front (most stores have them here for folks who can’t walk well for whatever reason). She was at her car about to unload her groceries, and when I walked over, I saw she had terrible Edema in both legs – this happens when your lymphatic system doesn’t work properly and fluids don’t drain from your body, and I’ve heard it is both painful and debilitating – anyway I made sure I looked her right in the eyes and asked with a smile on my face, if I could help put her groceries in her car for her.

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I spread positivity wherever I go.

I was speaking to a patient last week at a cancer fundraiser in the chemo ward and he asked if I worked at the hospital. I told him I am also having treatment. He said, “you look so well, and you are so happy!”

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I remember in my last year of high school. One of the popular boys asked the chubbiest, most unpopular girl (that sounds mean but we weren’t a bullying year level so she wasn’t bullied) to the formal in front of the whole class!!!

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After spending a week doing random acts of kindness, our last day found us collecting trash at our local beach.

One of the highlights of the week was when my husband told me that this project has made him really try to show more kindness to strangers, such as when he told the painters that they had done a fantastic job on our local cafe as he walked by, and when he deliberately approached the chef after he’d eaten his delicious BBQ chicken, and told him it was the best he’d had. – Bryony

Humans are social beings. We are designed to live amongst communities and socialise with other humans on a daily basis. Social isolation has been protecting our physical health from contracting the Coronavirus. However, having to isolate is having a great impact on our social health, emotional health, and psychological health.

For our children, social interaction with other children, and exploring their environment through play, are the foundations of learning. Unfortunately, most children have been restricted to learning with their class on a laptop or device, with less opportunity to explore, socialise, play, move, and run.

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