6 Reasons To Teach Children Kindness

In a world where we are constantly bombarded with information, it is important to take time out of our day to kind to ourselves and others. Kids are impressionable and when they see others being kind to them and to others, they will have a greater chance of being kind themselves. There are many benefits of being kind both for you and the recipient. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we took the time to be a little bit kinder to both ourselves and others?

What Is Kindness?

From Wikipedia “Kindness is a type of behaviour marked by acts of generosity, consideration, or concern for others, without expecting praise or reward.” Kindness is a virtue that can be learned and practiced by anyone. It is the act of being kind and compassionate towards others, especially those who are in need. Kindness is a feeling of affection or benevolence towards someone. Kindness is giving without expecting anything in return. Below are 5 awesome reasons to teach children kindness.

1.Happier Children

Kindness is a key component of happiness. Happy children are more likely to be kinder than unhappy children. A child's brain develops in the first five years of their life and it is important that they learn kindness as early as possible, in order to develop the areas of their brain that are associated with compassion and empathy.


2. School Grades and Attendance

Children who learn to be kind early in life have greater success at school, work, and in relationships. In addition, research has shown that children who participate in kindness activities increase their school attendance and grades while decreasing negative behaviours such as aggression.

3. Positive Self Image

Kindness helps children develop a positive self-image. When children are kind they can see the impact they have on other’s people’s lives. Kids are more likely to develop a positive self-image as they become aware of the impact they can make on other people's lives when they are kind towards themselves.

4. Good For Health

Kindness is good for health in many ways. It helps you to build up social support, which lowers your risk of depression and anxiety disorders. It also helps you to maintain a positive mood, which boosts your immune system and helps you live longer. Kindness also makes other people feel good about themselves, which can lead to better mental health outcomes like lower rates of depression and anxiety disorders and increased life expectancy. People who give of themselves in a balanced way also tend to be healthier and live longer. Studies show that being kind can reduce stress levels, increase happiness, and improve sleep quality. Kindness is good for your health!

5. Helps Manage Emotions

Kindness Helps Manage Emotions. Kindness helps children manage emotions by teaching them how to express their feelings in a healthy way. A study found that children who were taught to be kind tended to have better emotional regulation skills. As the study’s author, Dr. Michelle Garcia Winner said, “The ultimate takeaway is that it's not just about the tangible rewards (in this case, being nice), it's about the emotional benefits for children to be able to regulate their emotions in a healthy way."

6. Increases Empathy

 Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It is also a word that is often used in psychology to refer to the ability to understand someone else's emotions. Empathy is one of the most important skills in society. It helps us understand each other, create bonds, and make decisions that are better for all involved.

 Kindness is an act of kindness that makes you feel good about yourself and the world. It is a way of giving without the expectation of receiving anything in return. In order to increase empathy, it is important to practice being kind to others. The more you care, the more you care about others, and the more likely you are to be empathetic.


I am sure there are many more benefits to being kind. Karma could even be one of them…Children copy off the role models around them, hence they learn to be kind to themselves by observing and imitating their parents. It is important for parents to be kind to themselves for their children to imitate them and know it is ok to do so. As they get older with all the pressures that getting older brings it is super important they remember to be kind and look after themselves, as well as others.

Have fun in your self-healing journey!

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