On May 6, I went to St. Anthony Catholic School for our monthly Kindness Workshop. The Act of Kindness from my book, “Plant a Garden of Kindness, A Child’s Guide to Filling a Year with Weekly Acts of Kindness”, that Ms. Rupnik chose for this workshop was “#32 – Clean Your Park”.

We all had a great time. The kids really felt proud of their hard work because they knew that it was important, and that it was making their great school even greater. You can read my original post about this Act of Kindness, with important steps for completing it, here.

Today, I wanted to share one of the beautiful stories from that day ….

Hold the Door

While completing “Act of Kindness #32 – Clean Your Park”, the kids also got to take turns completing “Act of Kindness #47 – Hold the Door”.

Holding the door is an Act of Kindness that you can complete nearly every day. Younger kids especially love to do this when there is a wheelchair accessible buttons to press. My five year old still loves to run ahead and push that button to open the door for our group, or for people coming out of the door first. She gets so much satisfaction and pride from being able to do this all by herself. And the reaction of people who she opens the door for are amazing – they always stop to comment on it and to thank her. Their day is definitely made brighter by her small action. And she can feel that. That is part of the positive reinforcement that will encourage children to complete more Acts of Kindness! And in doing so, the kids will learn that by completing Acts of Kindness for others, they will actually make themselves feel happier.

This creates a feedback loop of Act of Kindness, positive reinforcement and making yourself happier that will ensure that completing Acts of Kindness becomes a habit, becomes routine. And I think that we can all agree that this is a great thing – that our world could definitely use a generation of kids who routinely perform Acts of Kindness. Imagine what these kids will be able to do if they learn from a young age to spend their time thinking about how to help other people, because they know that by doing so they will make themselves happier, as well as making the person they are helping happier. Imagine how they will be able to make the world a better place.

For 73 more Acts of Kindness that children can do in their community, you can check out our book by clicking on “Buy Our Book” in the upper right hand corner of our website!