Small acts of kindness can make a big difference. That’s the message behind the Great Kindness Challenge, which takes place from Jan. 26-30, 2015. It’s a school week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible. This awesome idea comes from Kids for Peace—a global non-profit—and it’s presented by Dignity Health. We think every teen should participate! And the good news? It’s super easy to sign up and get schools involved.
1. Register your school! Fill out the registration form—it can be completed by parents, teachers, or students.
2. Download the Acts of Kindness Toolkit. It includes a checklist filled with more than 50 ideas of how to spread kindness.
3. Create a culture of kindness on campus. Challenge your teens to check off as many items from the checklist in the 5-day period.
See? Sounds simple! To get an idea of what counts (although any kind act works!), here are examples from the checklist:
- Smile at 25 people
- Compliment 5 people
- Read a book to someone younger
- Tell a joke and make someone laugh
- Recycle your trash
If you need more inspiration, another great way to create a climate of kindness is by hanging up the “Take A Compliment” flyer from the October issue of Choices. It’s filled with positive messages that students can either save for themselves or share with a friend
Did you know that Choices is a teen health, well-being, and life skills magazine? Click here to learn more!