We hear so much about ‘bullies’ and we have come together to try and eliminate this growing problem with ‘Anti-Bullying’ campaigns in schools and in general. Among all the headlines on bullying, here’s a spot of bright news. Researchers in Vancouver have been studying empathy in schools and found that performing acts of kindness can cause kids to be significantly better-liked by their peers. ‘Mean Girls’ are not cool anymore, we need to spread the word….’nice kids’ have more friends!’
It’s a concept right out of Pay It Forward. A child does something nice—even something as small as sharing her lunch—and not only does she feel happier and more positive, even weeks later, but she’ll also be more popular and more accepting of other kids.
We teach our kids to ‘share’ and ‘play nice’ when they are little, but we probably need to reinforce this when they start school, and all along the way. Encourage your kids to be nice, and ask them to tell you about that they did that was ‘nice’ and how they felt when they did it. Talking to your kids is probably the best way to make sure that they are getting this message, and the payoff will be that they are happier, have more friends and are well liked at school too!
What is the ‘nicest thing’ your kid has done lately?
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