As I scroll down and see all the violence happening in the world, my heart breaks for the lives lost , my soul cries for justice and my mind wonders why such senseless bloodshed occurs.The truth is, I don’t know.
(2)How can we build kindness in the young? According to Marilyn Price-Mitchell,PhD, a developmental psychologist and founder of Roots of Action, an organization working towards positive youth development, there are four steps in encouraging children be givers of kindness: (1) Comprehending the significance of kindness, (2) Making a Kindness Project (3) Allotting time to share (4) Practicing Acts of Kindness.
- Increased immune system
- Improved Cognitive Performance
- Increase in energy
- Lower heart rate
- Balanced cortisol levels which result in less internal stress
- More likely to live a longer and more satisfied life
- Laughter and inner joy resulting in decreased stress hormones; lower blood pressure; diminished pain
I also found that some people use kindness calendars in which children have specific things to do everyday.
However, I don’t think these activities can be called completely random, right? Or maybe it’s just a matter of semantics.Would you follow one?
(3) Once a week, the children may share their experiences in the home or the classroom. Sharing one’s experiences helps someone reflect and find meaning.
(4) Keep doing acts of kindness. Once children become engaged in activities showing kindness, it is up to adults to reinforce this value.
What do I think? It is interesting to see that researchers are now piqued by kindness and its effects on human behavior.
I think that we should all purify our intentions in being kind. Are we kind for kindness’ sake or do we want the recognition? Is our kindness serving a higher purpose? Are we showing acts of kindness to direct attention to social issues such as poverty and abuse? Each act of kindness is needed in this world we live in but one that is pure certainly is more rewarding.
I think in modern society, it easy to be kind when people are kind to you. However,it is a lot more difficult to do so when you experience violence or hurt. I got deeply concerned when I saw on the news that the French President promised a “merciless response” to the people involved in the attacks.
On that note, I leave you with two apt wise quotes: one from Isabel Bowdery,a South African woman who pretended to be dead during one of the attacks and the other from a great man, Martin Luther King Jr.
An excerpt from Bowdery’s Facebook post which has gone viral but is now unavailable ,” As i lay down in the blood of strangers and waiting for my bullet to end my mere 22 years, I envisioned every face that I have ever loved and whispered I love you. over and over again. reflecting on the highlights of my life. Wishing that those i love knew just how much, wishing that they knew that no matter what happened to me, to keep belieivng in the good in people. to not let those men win. Last night, the lives of many were forever changed and it is up to us to be better people. to live lives that the innocent victims of this tragedy dreamt about but sadly will now never be able to fulfil. RIP angels. You will never be forgotten”
Her sentiments resonate with Martin Luther King’s powerful words: