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Create Your Own Kindness is a brand new activity book for 6-12 year olds from child therapist and wellbeing author Becky Goddard-Hill.
In her book she shares over 50 ways kids can learn to be kind to themselves, other people and to the wider world. Each activity is backed by science and research so children understand why it matters and how it works.
Here Becky shares an extract from her book about kindness to strangers:
Kindness to strangers
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams (comic strip creator)
Sometimes you will make a stranger so much happier just by a tiny act and it may be the one thing that truly brightens their day.
When we were first in lockdown during the Coronavirus and couldn’t go out and about, lots of people did small, kind things for strangers. Here are some of the little kindness gifts to strangers I saw during the time that made my heart sing.
- In the local park somebody had put fairy doors on the trees and created a magical forest
- My daughter chalked a circle outside our house saying “Jump in and make a wish”, and so many kids (and grown-ups too) were spotted doing this and beaming) .
- Notes came through our door saying if you need help with shopping just call with the names of people we did not know.
- Ruby made up writing sets of lovely paper, envelopes, pens and stamps and gave sets to a local care home.
- Jamie and his mum made a free book box for their local community. They made a sign saying please help yourself to books and please drop off any you have spare.
It was so lovely to see how kind everyone was being to each other in tricky times. It made everyone feel better.
The science bit
According to research from Emory University, when you are kind to someone else your brain’s pleasure and reward centres lights up just as it would if someone was kind to you. This is called the “helper’s high.” and it is a lovely feeling like a little buzz of happiness.
It’s so good you will want to be kind again and again, so you keep on feeling it.
Help your child think about ways in which they can show kindness to strangers – it could be as simple as smiling at a passer-by, holding a door open (when lockdown is over!) raking leaves or putting a lovely picture in the window of your home to make them smile or chalk a message on the pavement outside your house.
Could they make a list and tick each one off as they achieve it?
Create Your Own Kindness is available now from Amazon and all good bookshops