The 21 Day Kindness Challenge is making a difference! So far, the challenge has resulted in more than 257,400 acts of kindness. We have had 46 schools participate. We survey our schools before and after each 21 Day Kindness Challenge. Students, teachers, administrators, and parents agree the 21 Day Kindness Challenge is making an amazing difference for their schools.
The 21 Day Kindness Challenge encourages students, teachers and staff members to perform five acts of kindness every day for 21 school days. The 21 Day Kindness Challenge is a proactive response to bullying that emphasizes positive interactions occurring on campus. As a result, attention is taken away from bullying behaviors and negative interactions and building a strong school community.
Studies have proven that teaching kindness in schools is critical to the emotional, physical and mental well-being for children. Teaching kindness in schools has been reported to have the following benefits:
"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. - Patty O'Grady, PhD.
Source: Patty O'Grady, PhD, an expert in neuroscience, emotional learning and positive psychology