Kindness - It's a Thinking Thing

Research shows that being kind helps us psychologically, emotionally, and physically.  Kindness is as important as a balanced diet and exercise. By feeding and nurturing our bodies and minds, acting with kindness relieves stress and creates connection and a sense of purpose. Students engage in a variety of activities that reinforce this essential principle of healthy and purposeful living

Faculty: Christina Garcia - Spanish 7

Dates Offered

October 5, 2018
October 26, 2019

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • Go to: Enjoy this Kindness Health Facts poster

  • Documentary: Won't You Be My Neighbor? PG-13. Rated 99% by Rotten Tomatoes, this documentary about Mister Fred Rogers takes us “into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.” In theatres now. Available for streaming September 4, 2018

  • Great books: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee, and The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis all include characters learning about and acting with compassion.

Why Teach Kindness?

UC Berkeley professor Dacher Keltner says research demonstrates that kindness provides health benefits, provides an evolutionary and sociological advantage, and perhaps most importantly, can be learned. With respect and community two of the SMA values, helping students learn kindness is an essential component of the Middle School curriculum.