When we witness a kind act, it actually improves our mood, making it more likely we too will be kind. Here are a few inspiring kindness projects and activities to help you spread a little kindness into the world.
A personalized Kindness Catcher for someone special gives a creative twist to a traditional game. Plus it’s a playful way to encourage acts of kindness.
Nature and art make perfect companions in this sensory outdoor project. Use your keen observation skills to collect natural materials outside then use those items to create a Nature Paintbrush. Finally, paint a Kindness Card to send to people you love.
A random act of kindness is a kind word, gesture or act you do just because. There’s no ulterior motive or expectation of reciprocity and it’s often spontaneous. How cool is that?
Taking time to reflect on how we treat others, the world and even ourselves is a wonderful way to bring mindfulness to the practice of kindness.
This practice is a great way to make the loving-kindness meditation concrete for elementary school children. It’s also a powerful representation of what it means to move from individual to community.
These loving-kindness mandalas combine creativity with meditation. Each ring in the mandala represents each step of a loving-kindness meditation.
The Science Behind the Smiles
You might have heard the saying, “Kindness is contagious.” Research shows this is actually true. There are also several health benefits to being kind, such as increasing happiness and lowering blood pressure. Read on to learn more about the ways acts of kindness are good for you:
Kindness Health Facts (Dartmouth University)
Kindness Makes You Happy (Greater Good Science Center)
The Heart and Science of Kindness (Harvard University)