• To practice purposeful acts of kindness

Watch the science of kindness video and review the list of what acts of kindness increases and decreases.

  1. Does this list inspire you to perform more acts of kindness?
  2. Have you had any experiences where someone else’s kindness helped relieve your stress?
  3. Have you had any experiences where being kind to others helped relieve your stress?

Ask the students the following questions and have them write down the name of their answer on the paper.

  1. Name someone who you have lost touch with who you used to be close to
  2. Name someone that you see (nearly) every day who makes your life brighter
  3. Name someone in your everyday life that you don’t know that well but wish you did

 

Encourage the students to pick a person or persons based on their answers above. Once they have chosen an individual(s), develop a purposeful kindness plan. The purposeful kindness plan can be compiled as follows:

  1. Who- who are you being kind to?
  2. What- what act of kindness will you perform?

Encourage critical thinking here; what would this person appreciate It could be:

  • A thoughtful text message or sought out conversation to see how that person is doing
  • Help with chores at home if it is a parent Getting someone a small gift
  1. Where- Where will you deliver this kind act?
  2. When- When will you deliver this kind act?

Encourage students to complete their plan over the course of the next week. Let students know that they will have an opportunity to share how completing their act of kindness went at the next meeting.