JOY for Today - World Kindness Day 2022
Kindness grants JOY not just to the receiver but also to the giver. If that's true, why aren't we all kind to everyone we encounter? Is it fear? Is it that we think the other person is unworthy? Maybe we think it's unfair: we haven't received kindness, why should we spread it to another? Or perhaps we dismiss personal responsibility for kindness because it does not come naturally to us. But we all have the capacity for kindness within us, no matter our personal circumstances. Showing kindness might cost strength, courage, and humility but it produces exponential JOY.
JOY for Today Offerings:
- Did You Know... Four we didn't.
- Wolfe Stew Connects With a kindness competition.
- Bible Verses and Quotes About showing kindness.
- Activity Suggestions To promote kind words, actions, and thoughts in the classroom; Would You Rather questions; and a family challenge
- Even animals demonstrate kindness? Male fiddler crabs refrain from killing the other amid territorial fights, rattlesnakes wrestle but never bite, and bonobos willingly help unknown comrades acquire food without prompting. (Phys.org)
- Darwin argued that we are wired for kindness? We have an instinctive interest in, sympathy for, and need to nurture others. Just as our physical differences help strengthen our gene pool, our character differences and willingness to show sympathy within them help to strengthen our social bonds. (Huffington Post & Psychology Today)
- Kindness is good for your heart? Experiencing emotional warmth produces a chain chemical, physiological, and psychological reaction that lowers blood pressure while increasing our self-esteem and optimism. (Good and Kind and Dartmouth.edu)
- Kindness strongly contributes to a longer lifespan? More than physical health, exercise habits, gender, and marital status - volunteerism, in people over age 55, resulted in a 44% reduction of early death. (Dartmouth.edu)
- Kindness, in all forms, makes us feel happier? In a social psychology experiment, conducted by Lee Rowland and Oliver Scott Curry, researchers found that observing and performing acts of kindness increased overall happiness. There was a positive correlation between the number of acts and degree of happiness. Additionally, the relationship between the participant and the recipient did not affect perceived happiness levels. (National Library of Medicine)
We'd Love to Know:
Outdo one another in showing honor.
- Helpful or harmful?
- Uplifting others or uplifting myself?
- Reflective of others' circumstances or demanding attention for my own circumstance?
- Demonstrating high or low regard for another?
- Coming from a place of peace or anger?
- Aligned with God's values or do they miss the mark?
- "Don't get tired of helping others. You will be rewarded when the time is right, if you don't give up." Galatians 6:9 CEV
- "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." - Ephesians 4:29 KJV
- "Don't pay people back with evil for the evil they do to you, or ridicule those who ridicule you. instead, bless them, because you were called to inherit a blessing. 2 Peter 3:9 NOG
- "Instead, love your enemies, do good, and lend expecting nothing in return. If you do, you will have a great reward. You will be acting the way children of the Most High act, for he is kind to ungrateful and wicked people." Luke 6:35 CEB
- "Therefore, holy and beloved, as the elect of God, put on hearts of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering, forbearing one another and forgiving one another if any man have a quarrel against another: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Colossians 3:12-13 KJ21
- "Spread love wherever you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." - Mother Teresa
- "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." - Mother Teresa
- "A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve." - Joseph Joubert
- "Life becomes easier and more beautiful when we can see the good in other people." - Roy T. Bennett
- "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle." - Plato
We'd Love to Know:
Which verse or quote sparks you to spread kindness?
Our Nephew's Suggestion:
We love the simplicity of this suggestion. You know what is kind and what is not. So, choose kindness!
Speak Kind Words
- Brainstorm ways to show kindness as a class.
- Find additional ideas (also daily ideas) at RandomActsofKindness.org.
- Make a kindness chain.
- Discuss kindness received and observed during morning meetings or end of day routines.
- Implement the "Kindness in the Classroom" curriculum into your routine from RandomActsofKindness.org.
Think Kind Thoughts
- Learn to regulate your own thoughts. Only allow honest, kind, and virtuous thoughts to fill your headspace. This will positively affect your attitude, which will change the climate of the classroom.
- When negativity arises, take time to examine and create a plan to conquer the "why" behind it.
- Find more helpful tips for encouraging a positive attitude at Connections Academy.
Discuss "Would You Rather...?" Questions
- Let someone go before you or hold the door for someone else?
- Say "Please" and "Thank you!" all day or compliment ten people?
- Clean up without being told or let someone else choose an activity to do?
We'd Love to Know:
Fighting the Good Fight with You,
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