Be Kind: Take the Great Kindness Challenge with Your Family
“When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.”–Harold Kushner
Think about the last time someone surprised you with an act of kindness—that little burst of warmth that brightened your day and probably theirs. Now imagine if, for one week, parents and children went out and performed intentional, random acts of kindness and encouraged others to “pass it on.”
Well, that’s the goal of this week’s Making Kind Connections activity!
Connecting the World through Kindness in 3 Easy Steps
“Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.”–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Inspired by the Great Kindness Challenge taking place January 22 to 26, we’re inviting our readers to emphasize this positive character trait and help us connect the world through kindness. Here’s how:
1. Have a family conversation about kindness.
Start the conversation rolling by reminding your family of a time they did something kind for you—how it made you feel and how it changed your day. Then ask each family member to describe a time someone did something kind for them. You may also want to reread some of the books from our kindness booklist or look at some of the ideas for spreading kindness shared by Connections Academy families.
2. Think of kind acts each of you could do for someone.
You could walk the neighbor’s dog or just compliment a classmate. It doesn’t matter how big or small the act, so long as it’s sincerely kind. If you need some inspiration, check out this video from the nonprofit Life Vest Inside or this checklist from the Great Kindness Challenge website.
You’re now primed to…
3. Be kind and pass it on.
Each day this week, perform these or other spontaneous acts of kindness. To keep the kind connections growing, tag the recipients of your kindness with one of our Making Kind Connections cards. The cards simply ask them to pay your act of kindness forward, along with the card, to someone else. That way, you’re turning your one kind act into a series of kind connections that could stretch around the world!
- To print the cards, you simply:
- Download the page of cards here.
- Print the front side of the card.
- Flip that printout over and reload it into the printer. (If you have a printer that prints double-sided, you can skip this step.)
- Print the back side of the card.
- Cut out the cards.
- Pass it on.
(Printing tip: We’re hoping these cards will be passed on to many. To make them as durable as possible, consider printing them on heavy paper stock or perforated business card stock like Avery AVE5371 Business Card sheets.)
Share Your Stories
We want to inspire more kindness every day of the year. So please share your stories in the comments below or on the Connections Academy Facebook page to keep the kind connections going and growing.