Evidence That It Works
A study of nine to 11-year-olds found that those who performed three acts of kindness, in comparison to those who created maps of places they had visited, increased their well-being and their popularity among peers.
Why Does It Matter?
Peer acceptance and a sense of belonging matter greatly to student success in school, both academically and socially. In comparison, students who are rejected by their peers often display more aggressive and less cooperative behavior, which can lead to greater failure in school.
Hence, intentionally teaching students what kindness is and how to offer it to others can help build classroom and school climates where all students succeed.