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. 

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There's nothing quite as satisfying as planting a seed, watching it pop through the earth and grow into a beautiful plant. When you make that seed a vegetable, you're also creating a range of learning opportunities for your kids. 

Who would have thought that a humble carrot, pea or pumpkin could bring so much joy and education! You can of course grow flowers or shrubs, but here we'll talk about the benefits of a vegetable garden. 

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I always say that there is something positive to be found in any adversity. Sometimes it can be hard to see it at the time but there is one very clear one that stands out during the COVID crisis. Stay at home orders have forced families and loved ones to spend more time together and in most instances, that's a good thing.

Having time together is good for relationships. It's a great time for parents to bond with their kids and get to know them a little better. It's also good for learning to work together, help one another and work on patience and understanding (lots of it in some cases!).

This week's challenge is about finding things you can do as a family. How about starting by making a list where everyone includes something they'd like to do together. Here are some examples of what your list could look like:

  • Watch a movie

  • Do a virtual tour of a museum or aquarium

  • Use Zoom to play bingo with family or friends

  • Walk the dog together

  • Make a family dinner

  • Go on a hike

  • Play a board game

  • Have a picnic

  • Do a 1000 piece puzzle

  • Play video games together

  • Make cookies to deliver to the neighbours

  • Take part in a craft activity

  • Make an obstacle course in the backyard

  • Train the dog

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My 94-year-old friend was in a pharmacy buying perfume. As she chose a bottle and put it in her trolley she made a couple of casual remarks about it to a young man who was shopping nearby.

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Random acts of kindness generate others…

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Most people in a household have daily or weekly chores of which others are often quite unaware of. They just seem to happen and no-one really notices.

This act of kindness gets children to think about the tasks each person has and the impact it has on them and the family. The aim of doing a chore for each person during this week is to help kids appreciate how others contribute and the difference they make. It will also give the recipient of their kindness a little break from their usual routine and let them know they are efforts are noticed.

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Giving a compliment isn't always something that comes naturally. Learning the art can help kids to get outside of their own head to think about other people and their feelings. It helps them to reflect on positive attributes of people and makes recipients of their compliments feel worthy, valued and loved.

Writing compliments in a letter form gives someone a lovely keepsake and positive affirmations they can read over and over.

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It's been and continues to be a confronting time with COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter rallies. We've seen some appalling behavior but also some of the most beautiful acts of kindness as people come together to support one another.

In light of this difficult time, it's important that students are encouraged to participate in acts of kindness to help them understand that the positive things they do make a difference. 

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My daughter was 13. We were on holiday in Santa Monica and were out shopping. There was an airline giving away snacks they serve with drinks as a gimmick. I saw she’d collected loads in her bag. As we walked back to the parking lot she handed them to the homeless people on the benches.

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I work at a grocery store. Last week I was sanitizing all the carts and a gentleman walked up to me thanked me for my hard work and said God bless you. I said thank you and God bless you too.

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We are in our 80’s and were at the store. I had a large milk for my husband and had a fat-free for me. The cashier said I could only have one (because of COVID) and had to choose so I chose the one for my husband and continued to put stuff on the counter. A beautiful young lady said she would take it, paid for it and told me it was for me.

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My neighbor overheard me crying outside to my mum today because I’m struggling right now. I’ve been let off from my main job, have to move house in less than two weeks, and I genuinely had a moment of feeling helpless and sorry for myself.

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