Kindness and its importance in life!
Schools are not only meant to make children learn about academic things. Schools should make children learn about acts of kindness as well. Most people have heard the phrase ‘random acts of kindness’, which refers to a selfless act of giving resulting in the happiness of another person. Scientific studies have shown that kindness has a great number of physical and emotional benefits, and that children require a healthy dose of the warmth in order to flourish as healthy, happy, well-rounded individuals. Acts of kindness not only make them beautiful souls but it will benefit them too.
A great number of benefits have been reported to support the theory of teaching kindness in schools:
1. Happy Children: Science explains that the good feelings we experience when being kind are produced by endorphins that activate areas of the brain that are associated with pleasure, social connection and trust, and it’s proven that these feelings of joyfulness are encouraging more kind behavior by the giver and recipient. Be kind to ensure everyone instead of being rude.
2. Increased Peer Acceptance: Another importance reason. Research on the subject has determined that kindness increases our ability to form meaningful connections with others. Studies show that kind, happy children enjoy greater peer acceptance because they are well-liked. Every child wants to be accepted by others so it’s better to make them kind.
3. Mental health benefits: It’s widely documented that being kind can trigger a release of the hormone oxytocin which has a number of physical and mental health benefits as it can significantly increase a person’s level of happiness and reduce stress.
4. Improved Self esteem: Studies show that people experience a ‘helpers high’ when they do a good deed, a rush of endorphins that creates a lasting sense of pride, wellbeing and an enriched sense of belonging. Even small acts of kindness are reported to heighten our sense of wellbeing. It boosts our self esteem.
5. Increased Feelings of Gratitude: When children are a part of projects that help others less fortunate than themselves, it provides them with a real sense of perspective and helps them appreciate the good things in their own lives.
6. Improve concentration: As it increases serotonin, which plays an important part in learning, memory, mood, sleep, health and digestion, kindness is a key ingredient that helps children feel good. Having a positive outlook allows them greater attentions spans and enables more creative thinking to produce better results at school.
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