Thursday, January 03, 2013

Kindess and Happiness in Preteens

An article posted in December on the BBC news site discusses a small research study done with 400 school children between the ages of 9 and 11. The children in one group were asked to complete three acts of kindness every week for 4 weeks. At the end of the 4 weeks, the research shows that the students were happier and they were more popular with their peers. If you'd like to read the article, check it out here.

This seems pretty obvious to me, but I'm glad the research data proved my experience. I know I am happier when I do acts of kindness for others. Also, the people I want to be around are those who are generally kind.

Found Art is a great project for kids as well as adults. Children enjoy creating art and love giving it away. In the past, we have had entire classes and even an entire high school participate in Found Art. We heard reports from the students that they loved sharing their art with their town or with patients at a local hospital or nursing home. And we also heard from the people who found their art. They were always impressed and experienced a "lightness" for the entire day. Instead of spending time worrying, they found themselves grateful for the kids who left the art.

Have you involved your children or your school in kindness activities or in Found Art? Please tell us about your experiences.

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