Evidence That It Works
This practice, which is part of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program for teens, prompts students to foster their natural capacity for kindness by encouraging good wishes and compassion (“I want you to be happy”).
In a pilot study of this program, teens reported decreases in depression, stress, and negative feelings after completing a six-session course, while students in a similar study reported greater resilience, gratitude, and a willingness to take on new challenges.
Why Does It Matter?
Researchers have discovered that toddlers as young as 14-months demonstrate a natural capacity for kindness, but this capacity must be nurtured through healthy relationships with adults and peers—the foundation of a positive school climate.
Studies have found that kind students who are well-liked by their peers are helpful, cooperative, and emotionally well-adjusted. In addition, students who show kindness at a young age achieve greater academic and social success in the long-run.