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Are you looking for great articles about giving? Videos celebrating kindness? Take a look at what we’ve found.


Sites

Random Acts of Kindness

Provides lesson plans, materials, and activity ideas to support thinking about and practicing kindness.

Learning to Give

An easy-to-navigate resource for lesson plans around philanthropy.

Greater Good

Greater Good offers sponsors groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, while simultaneously helping people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Look here for articles on core themes of compassion, empathy, altruism, and happiness.

PeaceJam

The PeaceJam Foundation uses Nobel Peace Laureates (their spirit, skills, and wisdom) as inspiration in order to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world. Look for curriculum materials, information about these amazing people, and ways to get involved.

Shareable

All about how to integrate sharing into your life. The online magazine tells the story of sharing successes (like Zipcar), they cover the people and projects bringing sharing into their lives, and give ideas for making it happen.


Articles

'5 Ways Giving is Good For You.'

Researchers, scientists, and sociologists have discovered that giving has pretty powerful and amazing effects. Not only does it make us happy, it’s contagious.

“Kindness Makes You Happy ... and Happiness Makes You Kind.”

Discusses a study in which people performed a daily act of kindness for 10 consecutive days. Is there a positive feedback loop between giving and happiness?

“Random Acts of Kindness Can Make Kids More Popular.”

It’s true. Not to mention kindness decreases bullying and increases empathy and caring for others.

“Celebrating Kindness: Random Acts of Kindness School-Based Pilot 2011-2012.”

Amazing results from a pilot where kindness instructional materials were integrated into three public schools. Teaching kindness can have a hugely positive impact on academics, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and a school’s climate.

“Six Ways to Boost Your “Habits of Helping.”

Good tips for expanding your habits of helping, some of which are also age-appropriate for kids.

“To Nurture Caring and Empathy in Children: Let’s Rely on Modeling and Action, Not Lecturing.”

Stresses the importance of providing children with the opportunity to express compassion and kindness.

“Empathy: Turning Feelings and Beliefs into Action.”

Children learn best by doing. If empathy isn’t translated into behavior, it will become a “sideshow.”

“Compassion and Caring: Integral Features of Emotional Well-Being.”

Highlights the importance of modeling compassion and inspiring children to care for others.

“What We Get When We Give.”

The benefits of giving are astounding: less depression and anxiety in teens, increased happiness, increased health. The list goes on and on.

“What Your Kids Get Out of Giving Back.”

A great list of reasons to support kids as they take the ThinkGive Challenge. Giving empowers children, increases their independence, helps them embrace diversity, and fosters gratitude.

“Teaching Children to Do Good.”

Dr. Richard Weissbourd’s research shows that morality must be cultivated in children, and that a child’s morality—rather than happiness and self-esteem—should be the lead parenting priority. Caring for and giving to others is one way to get there.

“How To Teach Your Child About Charity.”

General advice about how to get kids volunteering.

“What Kids Gain by Giving Back.”

All about the benefits of volunteerism—especially for anyone who is not yet convinced.

“For Kids, it’s Better to Give than to Receive.”

All about how kids are naturally altruistic, how prosocial behavior leads to happiness, and how there is a positive feedback loop between prosocial spending and happiness.

“The Kindness of Others.”

An article about how different cities have different flavors to them, and how the people who live in different cities help in differing amounts.

“Yes, Money Can Buy Happiness.”

Professor Michael Norton’s research finds that it’s not the amount of money that makes you happy, but rather, whether you spend some on others.

“Career Advice: Give.”

Givers focus on others, takers on themselves, and matchers care most about fairness. Studies show that most professional success, not just satisfaction, goes to givers.

'Raising a Moral Child.'

Adam Grant, professor of management and psychology at Wharton and author of 'Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success,' examines why parents who value kindness and compassion frequently fail to raise children who share these values. He offers sound advice on what to do—and what not to do—in order to raise moral children.

'Hello, Stranger.'

It turns out that making connections with strangers—a smile, a little conversation—drives increased happiness. In fact, when we talk to strangers, we stand to gain much more than the “me time” we might lose.

'Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others.'

A new study from Harvard University reveals that the message parents mean to send children about the value of empathy is being drowned out by the message we actually send: that we value achievement and happiness above all else. Simply talking about compassion is not enough.

Why Teaching Kindness in Schools is Essential to Reduce Bullying

'Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it.'

'When Do Altruism and Kindness Begin in Our Lives?'

Reinforcing the seemingly innate nature of altruism, whether in children or adults, can involve what have frequently been referred to as “small acts of kindness.” Using words such as “please” and “thank you,” offering to help a neighbor or a colleague with a particular task, expressing gratitude ... are but a few illustrations of kindness and altruism. Even one small act can have a long-lasting positive impact.

'The secret to happiness? Acts of kindness, says a new study.'

Certainly we all take pleasure in external things, but a new study by Canadian psychologists has found that much of our joy comes from simply being nice. Being kind to other people makes us happy, the study found, and gives us a sense of wellbeing.


Videos

“One Minute of Joy: Random Acts of Kindness.”

A great video for kids. Footage of real people doing simple—and meaningful—acts of kindness.

“Faith in Humanity Restored.”

A woman helps an elderly man cross a busy intersection in China.

“Act of Kindness by an Entire Group is Caught on Tape.”

A group of people stop what they’re doing to help a family of ducks cross the street.

“22 Random Acts of Kindness.”

A man spends his 22nd birthday doing acts of kindness. Amazing what you can do in a day!

'Change For a Dollar.'

Kindness can appear in the most surprising of places, and even those with little can make a huge impact. A beautiful film that is great for kids.

'Signs of the Kind - Part 1.'

A group of individuals create positive signs such as “You Can Do It” and display them around the community.

'Signs of the Kind - Part 2.'

A group of individuals create positive signs such as “You Can Do It” and display them around the community.

'Michael Norton: How to buy happiness.”

Professor Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can indeed buy happiness—when you don't spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other people.

'Why Kindness is good for you: Dr. David Hamilton at TedX Hackney.”

Dr. David Hamilton discusses how kindness makes us happy and benefits the heart through the effects of the hormone oxytocin.

'What is Philanthropy?”

Exactly. Even adults struggle with the word philanthropy! How do you define it?


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