Uplifting Ways to Show Kindness this Spring

April 09, 2023

Quote of the Week

Kindness and a good heart are the foundation for success in this life, progress on the spiritual path, and the fulfillment of our aspirations. ~ HH Dalai Lama

20 Uplifting Ways To Show Kindness This Spring

We all want our children to learn how to be kind and caring. We have this rosy image of the thoughtful, caring and considerate adults they will become. Until they hit their sibling and refuse to give back the toy they just snatched! Sound familiar?

I must confess there were times when I wondered if I would ever be able to raise kind and caring human beings. Don’t despair! When my boys were still young I learned one easy tip to raise kind kids. It was actually simpler than I could have dreamed. It is my turn to pass on that tip to you.

Allow your children experience how good it feels to help someone else. After all it is one of the best feelings in the world.  It has been my experience that most children really enjoy helping others. Children are naturally compassionate and caring. They want to make a difference. They want to help. Why not tap into that natural inclination and provide opportunities for them to do that?

Kids that are encouraged to practice kindness are more likely to grow into caring adults. My three have! One of the easiest ways to do this is to invite your children to choose an act of kindness. Then go out and do it together. [Read Article]

Reading Corner

Title: The Seed of Compassion
By: His Holiness Dalai Lama
Ages: 3-8

"For the first time ever, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses children directly, sharing lessons of peace and compassion, told through stories of his own childhood.

One of today's most inspiring world leaders was once an ordinary child named Lhamo Thondup. In a small village in Tibet, his mother was his first great teacher of compassion. In everyday moments from his childhood, young readers begin to see that important lessons are all around us, and they, too, can grow to truly understand them.

With simple, powerful text, the Dalai Lama shares the universalist teachings of treating one another with compassion, which Bao Luu illustrates beautifully in vibrant colour. In an increasingly confusing world, The Seed of Compassion offers guidance and encouragement on how we all might bring more kindness to our world." -- Publisher

Be the Change

As they say, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Take that step with your family this week by choosing one act of kindness with your kids and doing it together!