THE GIFTS OF HELPING OTHERS

 

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Are you aware of the many studies conducted concerning the positive benefits of caring? I’d like to quickly share with you just a few. Scientific studies at Harvard University have shown that a simple act of kindness directed towards another not only helps those in need; it helps the person extending the kindness within the process. Even more wonderful is that any child or adult observing the act of kindness also releases the same chemical Immunoglobin A, an antibody that enhances immune function (the body’s first defense against the common cold virus) within their brain and again this gives the same wonderful healthy benefits to this person.

 

(Taken from Lawrence Scanlan ‘Be good. It’s good for you.’ The Globe and Mail article Aug 21,2012)

 

PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF PRACTICING KINDNESS:

 

Endorphins are released in the brain making us ‘feel good.’

 

Dopamine levels also increase offering us a natural increase of energy and happiness – a ‘helpers high’, followed by an overall sense of calmness and wellbeing.

 

Serotonin a naturally occurring neurochemical is produced which regulates mood, and has a calming, anti-anxiety effect.

 

Oxytocin is also released and this lowers blood pressure and the sensation of physical pain and decreases free radicals and inflammation and thereby slowing down the aging process.

 

The Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation’s 2011-2012 did a pilot study of three public Colarado schools and revealed:

 

Academic achievement was enhanced by 11%

Cultural sensitivity by 29%

Social and emotional development by 63%

 

Kindness curricula is also embraced by many schools as a means to address bullying

Taken from Benita Silver ‘The Health and Science of Kindness 2013’.

 

Dr. Anthony Grant says ‘Some simple ways to practice random acts of kindness include letting someone in front of you or in a queue, opening the door for someone and saying something nice to everyone you meet today’.

 

Dr. Anthony Grant ‘8 Steps to Happiness’ The Science of getting happy. Based on the Australian TV Series ‘Making Australia Happy’

 

We don’t have to be anything other than ourselves no matter how old we are to make a positive difference to our day and in our world.

 

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention”.

– Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

 

“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution”

– Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

 

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

– Mahatma Ghandi (1869-1948)

 

“Kindness gives birth to kindness.”

– Sophocies (497/6BC-406/5 BC)

 

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

– Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)

 

“Carry out random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that someone might do the same for you”

– Princess Diana (1961-1997)

 

‘The Comforting Song’ from the album ‘Shine Your Light,’ reinforces that caring is a ‘loving thing to do’ for both the giver and receiver: ‘It’s being loving to me, it’s being loving to you.’ How wonderful for young children to experience all these healthy benefits!

 

Director, please read the words to the Comforting Song encouraging young children to be kind and considerate, to really share from the heart.

 

THE COMFORTING SONG
 
When you’re feeling sad, I will cuddle you
Feeling cold, I’ll find something warm for you
When you cry out loud, a tissue I’ll bring
‘Cause I care about you and these are comforting things
 
CHORUS
It’s being loving to me; it’s being loving to you
Being kind and loving is my gift to you
A helping hand I’d give to help you out
’Cause I care about you and that’s what life’s about
 
If you’ve fallen over and hurt yourself
I will comfort you, then go and find help
And if you’re all alone, don’t know what to do
I’ll come over and play and be a friend to you

 

The Comforting Song is downloadable for only $1.69 on my website.

You just may find some extra gems within the album ‘Shine Your Light’, that can assist your teachers in creating and promoting harmony and wellbeing.

 

Please take a look at the song & album on my website:

http://lighthousecentreforlearning.com/kids-music/

 

Teachers can download outcomes taken from the EYLF for this song, making programming easier: http://lighthousecentreforlearning.com/outcomes/ –

 

The Poster Pack ‘LOVE IS… giving the gift of good manners’ promotes practical ways in which children may offer the gift of kindness to those who share in their day.

Wishing you all that’s loving and positive in life. May each moment, bring endless joy and happiness!

 Lisa Brockwell :)

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