Day 7: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Random Acts of Kindness Week)

Feb 18, 2016 by

Day 7: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Random Acts of Kindness Week)

Day 7: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Random Acts of Kindness Week)

I don’t know if you are aware but it is #RAK week, (Random Acts of Kindness) where Americans are encouraged to “use these 7 days to step up your acts of kindness, be loud with your generosity, and commit to being a better person throughout the year.”

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has a huge movement to encourage kindness in the classroom, so I was inspired to use their resources in my classroom today to have kids become engaged in the movement. We signed the Kindness Pledge, pledging to strive to be a positive impact on the world around us. Additionally, the students brainstormed easy ways they could share kindness with others throughout the remaining days of this week. It was cute. It was easy. It was inspirational to watch.

#spreadlovelikejelly

Pay it Forward bookmarks that students are leaving in books for others to find.

The idea of random acts of kindness is to incorporate kindness into your daily life by helping to “pay if forward”. I love the idea of one act of kindness spreading like ripples on a pond. We talked in my classroom today about what would happen in the world if we only relied on others to make it a better place. The kids decided that the time has come for each individual to step up in order to make a difference. The idea of personal responsibility versus social obligations and societal norms totally blew their minds.  We’ve been reading Steinbeck’s The Pearl in class and discussing the unfair social system which kept Mexican natives from climbing the social ladder. Their concept of corruption and evil had been so sheltered, and spawned deep discussions about how cruelty affects the world as a whole. ( I KNOW! Deep stuff for twelve-year olds!)

Kindness pledge #RAK #spreadlovelikejelly

Kindness Pledge from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. #spreadlovelikejelly

Which brings me neatly full circle to the theme of today’s challenge. Cruelty is not cool. Being kind to others is. End of story. More interestingly, kindness is contagious. Students caught themselves trying to one-up each other in the kindness department all day. I feel like this is a win-win situation. There were doors being held and books being carried, extra helping hands appeared to clean up the lunch room and students were volunteering to clean classroom desks, just because. It was beautiful.

So where do you start? I’d head over to the Kind Spring website, where they have a bazillion ideas to help you find ways to easily spread kindness. Things as simple as saying hello to someone you’d normally pass by in your day, or buying the coffee of the person behind you in the Starbucks line only take a moment and don’t cost very much but definitely inspire kindness to spread.

I believe that every individual can be catalyst for a positive change in the world. One idea on the Kind Spring site suggests that you just take a moment to share some good news on social media, to be a light in a dark world. I love that idea.  Just one small act of kindness can spark a landslide of subsequent good nature because kindness leads to kindness. So, today, find a way to randomly share kindness with someone and #spreadlovelikejelly.

Kindness is contagious! #RAK #spreadlovelikejelly #randomactsofkindness Click To Tweet

 

Did you miss the beginning of this series? Not sure what I’m talking about or why? Pop back over to the instructions page to see the brain child behind #spreadlovelikejelly

Day 1: Love yourself

Day 2: Compliment Someone

Day 3: Send a handwritten note

Day 4: Writing Challenge

Day 5: Have Patience

Day 6: It’s the Little Things


 

“Nothing can make our lives, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.” –Tolstoy

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