Evidence That It Works
In a study of predominantly white female undergraduates, researchers found that a greater appreciation of other people served as a buffer against the psychological and physical impact of stress.
Why Does It Matter?
Encouraging students and staff to be kind to each other has a ripple effect that can spread throughout the school, improving school relationships among all stakeholders, leading to a more positive school climate.
In addition, kindness has been found to benefit students, elementary through university, by increasing their well-being and peer acceptance, both of which lead to greater academic achievement and better relationships with peers and teachers. A kind school climate has also been linked to an increase in students’ sense of belonging.