Why is kindness important? We shouldn’t have to ask, but just in case you’re not sure, these kids have the sweetest explanations.
We can learn a lot from them.
There’s nothing sexy about being nice. It doesn’t sell. And it certainly doesn’t rack up likes on social media.
At least, that’s how it used to be. Nowadays, more and more people are looking for ways to spread kindness.
This is especially true of children.
Some actively seek out opportunities to make a difference, while others are inclined to act in the moment. Whatever the approach, the result is always the same.
Someone, somewhere, is better off because a fellow human did something nice for them. That’s reason enough to be kind, don’t you think?
Why is Kindness Important?
The wonderful thing about children is that they don’t let anything get in the way of their desire to make a difference. All they want to do is help, figuring out the ‘how’ is inconsequential.
They trust that they can do it and forge ahead regardless. Granted, they generally have adults who are willing to step in and help. But it still takes courage and faith to just go for it.
The older we get, the more inclined we are to hold back. We’re reticent to dive in without knowing what we’re getting into first. Prudence has its place, but so does spontaneity.
Maybe it’s time to follow their example and just dive in?
An act of kindness doesn’t have to be something big, like gifting someone a car or leaving a $1000 tip. Those are obviously great if you can afford them, but it’s the small things that often mean the most.
A hot cup of coffee, a warm smile, a thoughtful note, all of these things have the potential to turn someone’s life around.
It might not seem a big deal to you, but for the person on the receiving end of your kindness, it’s everything. In that moment they know someone cares.
You might think being nice is all about the recipient, but it’s actually not. It turns out kindness has health benefits for the giver. It’s true, being nice can make you feel better.
But wait, it gets even better. When we witness kindness, we’re inspired to be kind ourselves. Amazing, right? Now that’s how kindness spreads in a community.
These Kids Have Got Kindness Waxed
These children may differ in age, gender, ethnicity, social status, etc., but they all have one thing in common: a genuine desire to be kind. They’re so open, earnest and wholehearted, it’s hard not to feel inspired.
World Kindness Day may only come around once a year, but there’s no reason we can’t make it a daily practice. Watch these videos and think about what you can do today to make a difference in someone’s life.
Why Be Kind?
Jessie Auritt and Alexandra Berger of 3 See Films asked a bunch of kids (13 of them, to be exact) what they think it means to be kind. Their answers are genuinely heartwarming.
Be kind wherever possible. It is always possible. —The Dalai Lama
Kindness Speech By 10 Year Old Girl
Brian Williams of Think Kindness shared this video of a 10-year-old girl from Grass Valley, California who gave a speech on the importance of kindness.
Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind. —Henry James
We Are All Different – and THAT’S AWESOME!
Cole Blakeway has a penchant for wearing odd shoes and socks. In his TEDx West Vancouver Ed talk, Cole teaches us the value of celebrating differences as he describes his friendship with Steven, a 44 year old man with Autism.
It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. —Audre Lorde
Kindness Boomerang – Mrs Bryner’s Third Grade
Inspired by Life Vest Inside’s Kindness Boomerang video, Mrs Bryner’s class was inspired to make their own video. This is the super sweet result.
I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. —Rachel Scott
A 1st Grader’s Act of Kindness
When Vincent’s best friend Zac was diagnosed with leukemia, he wanted to make sure he still felt loved. Along with raising money to help Zac’s parents with the medical costs, Vincent did something truly bighearted.
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. ―
Young Athletes Defend Cheerleader With Down Syndrome
These three middle school athletes from Kenosha, Wisconsin are fast friends. Known as the three muskateers, they hang out, they play basketball and when necessary, they take a stand against bullying.
Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right. ―
What Are Some Ways to Spread Kindness?
If you’re looking to up your kindness ante but aren’t sure what to do, these heartwarming examples of kids being kind are sure to inspire you into action.
From lawn mowing and collecting letters to dropping off old school candy and leaving annonymous notes of encouragement, there are some fantastic ideas to draw on.
Spreading kindness isn’t rocket science. It doesn’t have to be complicated either. As nice as it might be to gift someone a house or secretly pay for their groceries, being nice can also be super simple.
Offer a stranger a smile. Nothing too toothy mind you, you don’t want to look creepy. A warm, hey I see you, kind of smile is all you need.
Be fully present when you interact with a cashier. Put your phone away. Ask them how they’re doing and listen to their answer.
Let the person behind you go ahead in line. This happened to me the other day and I was so grateful.
Write a letter. The world needs more love letters, so why not write one (or two or three or a hundred)?
Throw kindness around like confetti. —Bob Goff