Evidence That It Works
A study in which 9- to 11-year-olds performed three kind acts each week for four weeks found that both students’ well-being and their acceptance by peers increased when compared to a control group.
Why Does It Matter?
Students who have good relationships with their peers tend to be more helpful and cooperative, and show greater emotional stability. They also do better academically and are less likely to be bullied.
Hence, encouraging students to perform kind acts for other students can help cultivate more positive classroom and school climates. And when students are asked to reflect upon how a kind act made them feel, they are more likely to internalize the benefits of kindness–both giving and receiving–prompting them to continue acting kindly towards others.