We know children’s mental health benefits from positive social connections. We also know that the opposite is true; children who experience bullying, exclusion and isolation are at risk for mental health concerns.
This is why encouraging kindness can be so important for children’s mental health. Kindness can help kids build empathy, create and maintain healthy relationships, and help develop a sense of community.
Research shows that kindness toward ourselves and others helps our mental health. It can:
- Help build friendships
- Increase feelings of happiness
- Reduce stress
- Improve self-esteem
Bonus tip: Make kindness a habit in your family to help with lasting mental health benefits. Start with our 5-day challenge and then come up with ways to keep it going!
Take the On Our Sleeves Kindness Challenge
Kindness Kits For Classroom
You can deliver kindness to classrooms and schools across the country. For every $25 donation we will send a Kindness Kit to a classroom in the U.S.
The kit includes:
- Kindness Curriculum – to help teachers build a more inclusive and welcoming classroom community
- Classroom poster
- 20 On Our Sleeves pencils
- 20 Kindness Cards – to help children write kind notes to others because we know that expressing gratitude is good for mental health
Are you a teacher or employed by a school? Request Kindness Kits for your classroom or school provided by our generous donors. These kits are best suited for elementary aged students.
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